Active pattern brings rain into the new year

Highs well above average into the weekend
Rain moves in tonight and exits early Thursday morning.
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 3:43 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 4:40 PM EST
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  • 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.

TONIGHT

Rain continues to develop to our Southwest and spread into the region this evening into tonight. Temperatures look to cool into the 50s overnight.

Mild with rain likely overnight.
Mild with rain likely overnight.(WDBJ Weather)

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.

Rainfall outlook for tonight into Thursday morning.
Rainfall outlook for tonight into Thursday morning.(WDBJ Weather)

THURSDAY

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.

A soaking rain moves in this weekend.
A soaking rain moves in this weekend.(WDBJ Weather)
Heavy rain is possible this weekend.
Heavy rain is possible this weekend.(WDBJ Weather)

DROUGHT INDEX

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.

Moderate Drought expands east this week.
Moderate Drought expands east this week.(WDBJ7)