Active pattern brings rain into the new year
Highs well above average into the weekend
- Rain moves in tonight
- Highs in the 60s & 70s continue
- More rain expected this weekend
The final days of 2021 will continue to be on the warm side. We should continue to find temperatures well into the 60s through Saturday. We’ll see slightly cooler temperatures Sunday before a major cool down affects us by next Monday. We’ll also see periods of beneficial rain move through the region from time to time.
Rain continues to develop to our Southwest and spread into the region this evening into tonight. Temperatures look to cool into the 50s overnight.
Rainfall: The rain is much needed, but it won’t help break our drought conditions. Locations along and West of the Blue Ridge could see around .50″ of rain with around .25″ to the East.
Showers will linger into the early morning hours, and taper off through the day. We’re looking at a few tenths of an inch of rain by the time the moisture exits Thursday morning.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
It appears our best shot at widespread rain will arrive New Year’s weekend with a couple of waves of moisture expected Saturday and Sunday. There remains uncertainty in the exact track of these systems, but odds are favorable for beneficial rain to begin 2022. A potent cold front could could change some of the rain over to snow showers in the mountains by later Sunday. Some areas may see more than an inch or two of rain by the weekend.
The U.S. Drought Index shows the drought conditions are looking even worse for our area. The Moderate Drought has expanded all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Severe Drought areas remain across the Southside.
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