Merry Christmas! Every one of you who visits this page — not just commenters, but everyone who lurks or calls up a page — has made this blog a success in another interesting year to follow weather in Southwest Virginia.
It’s a holiday, and day off the blog for me, at least through mid-evening or so. I’ll check for new comments in the morning and approve them, and then won’t be back on the blog til at least 7 p.m. In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on the National Weather Service-Blacskburg for any new advisories, watches or warnings.
The main thing you need to know about the weather ahead is it’s going to rain quite a bit on Wednesday, maybe starting before midnight on Christmas, as a low tracks west of us and pulls in lots of Gulf and Atlantic moisture. We’re talking 1-2 inches widespread, maybe heavier in spots — a nice gift to help start relieving the long-term drought and refilling some reservoirs, though a messy day to return gifts. There will be some ice, and perhaps a little sleet/snow at the outset, especially north of Roanoke, with winter storm watches having been issued for Bath and Rockbridge counties in Virginia and Greenbrier County in West Virginia, and points northward. Be aware of that if your travel goes north and west of Roanoke — or of course, if you live in those areas. There may be some spotty ice for a while even farther south — slight risk for quarter-inch of ice down the Blue Ridge, according to federal forecaters. I’ll check back in on that Christmas evening to see what the threat level is on Wednesday morning. There will be much heavier snow in states to our west, all the way from Arkansas to Ohio, which could really stymie travel in those areas. There are also likely to be severe storms on Christmas and the following day in states to our south.
The next thing you need to know is that there is a storm system arriving about Saturday that will need to be monitored closely for some wintry potential. That’s about all that can be said right now.
Merry Christmas to all!