Gusty winds, mountain snow showers linger into Sunday

Our next weather maker arrives by Thursday
Published: Dec. 17, 2022 at 6:46 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2022 at 5:12 PM EST
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  • Mountain snow showers likely, valley flurries possible Sunday
  • Staying quiet and chilly Monday and Tuesday
  • Tracking our next storm system late Wednesday through Friday


Expect low temperatures in the 20s to near 30 under a partly to mostly cloudy sky. Wind chills will plummet into the teens and 20s early Sunday morning. We won’t see much improvement in wind chills or temperatures throughout the day.

Tonight's Forecast
Tonight's Forecast(WDBJ Weather)


A large upper-level low will dominate our weather into Sunday. Because of this, highs will only top out in the 30s and 40s. Expect a mix of sun and clouds along with wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph.

Sunday's Forecast
Sunday's Forecast(WDBJ Weather)

Wind chills will likely be stuck in the 20s and 30s for many hometowns for much of the day.

Sunday's Hour-By-Hour Forecast
Sunday's Hour-By-Hour Forecast(WDBJ Weather)


Our weather will stay quiet but chilly Monday and Tuesday. Overall, expect a mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the 40s.


We’re still tracking our next weather maker as it’s set to arrive as early as late Wednesday. Forecast models are in better agreement Saturday concerning a possible outcome for our hometowns.

Here's what we know now about our late-week storm system.
Here's what we know now about our late-week storm system.(WDBJ Weather)

Our Current Thinking:

  • Moisture arrives as early as Wednesday evening
  • Precipitation may start off as a wintry mix
  • Precipitation quickly changes over to a cold rain for most hometowns
  • Brief changeover to snow is possible on Friday as colder air rushes in behind the departing system
  • Right now, this does NOT look like a high impact winter weather event for our area
  • *Stay tuned to potential changes in the forecast as we approach early next week*


The most confident part of the forecast leading up to Christmas is the cold air. This could be one of the coldest Christmas Days since the early 2000s if the high doesn’t get to 32°. If we have highs in the upper 20s, it may end up being the coldest Christmas since the 1980s.

Extreme cold will arrive heading into Christmas Weekend.
Extreme cold will arrive heading into Christmas Weekend.(WDBJ Weather)


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