The days leading up to Christmas will be rather wet and windy.
We anticipate a few pockets of sleet and freezing rain on Monday before changing over to rain showers.
MONDAY: A low pressure off the Carolina Coast will ride along the eastern seaboard and throw moisture in our direction. At the same time, cold air will be locked in across the region. Pockets of freezing rain and sleet are possible early Monday. Bridges and overpasses may become slick in a few spots.
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY is in effect for areas including and north of the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley from 5am-Noon. Main concerns will be slippery roads with less than .1" of ice expected.
Precipitation will change over to cold rain in the late afternoon as temperatures warm above freezing.
TUESDAY: Isolated showers continue through the evening. Temperatures gradually warm as we are located ahead of a strong cold front. Highs linger in the low 40s.
WEDNESDAY (CHRISTMAS EVE): An impressive front will approach the area Wednesday afternoon. Moderate to have rain will fall along the boundary and winds turn gusty. Santa will need to hold on tight while delivering presents Christmas Eve. Winds may gust up to 40mph at times. Temperatures will plummet to the 30s behind the front overnight.
THURSDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY): Early Thursday, rain showers may change over to snow showers along the western slopes of the Blue Ridge as colder air moves in.
Overall this Christmas features increasing sunshine and gusty winds. Afternoon temperatures reach the mid 40s feeling much colder due to the high wind.
A second cold front will swing through the region Saturday. This boundary will be starved of moisture by the time it reaches the Mid Atlantic. Overall, winds will pick up and temperatures drop into the 30s/40s behind the front.