It’s a cloudy, chilly, actually quite-December-feeling day outside, a rarity of late. Highs will be stuck in the 40s today, and likely down in the 20s many locations tonight, if it clears in time. The clouds are the back edge of a weak storm system forming on the front kicking a little moisture back over us — not enough for precipitation, most likely, but enough for overcast skies. We’ll gradually get milder into the weekend, with more 50s highs, maybe even some 60s again by the weekend, before the next front chops our temperatures down again.
A couple of weather-related links from today’s Roanoke Times:
Not “panic time” yet as drought hits, by Matt Chittum. Before you ask — it was the 7th driest November at Roanoke and 8th at Blacksburg, but for some rain gauge locations noted it was the driest, as noted by National Weather Service hydrologist Peter Corrigan.
And here’s today’s Weather Journal column, looking at the balmy first 10 days of December — and my continued expectations that this will NOT be the mode for the entire winter.
As for next week’s storm system — the models are still showing it developing in various forms. I’m still leaning to this NOT being a significant winter storm for Southwest Virginia, and the latest model runs on the Euro and GFS would support that. Unfortunately, I’m not even convinced it will be much of a rainmaker locally to help with the dryness. Still lots of time for things to change. We’ll keep an eye on it, and I’ll have a more complete update on it here in the next day or two.