CHANCE OF SHOWERS OVERNIGHT

ICY PATCHES POSSIBLE NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE

TEMPERATURES GOING UP THEN DOWN THIS WEEK

WIND, RAIN, AND SOME SNOW FOR CHRISTMAS WEEK

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers late. Lows 31-37. Southeast wind 5 mph or less.

Monday: A chance of showers in the morning. Decreasing clouds. Highs 47-53 (41-47 east). East wind 10 mph or less.

Monday Night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows 34-39. East wind 5 mph.

Tuesday: A mix of clouds and sunshine. A chance of showers in the morning. Rain becoming likely late. Thunder possible. Highs 54-60. Southeast wind 10 mph or less.

Weather Summary:

Winter officially arrives this evening at 6:03.

A storm system will develop to our southeast and move northeast tonight into Monday. This system, riding north of a stalled out front along the Gulf States, will bring a chance of light rain to the region, mainly favoring areas east of the Tri-Cities tonight and Monday morning (a wintry mix is possible near the Blue Ridge where temperatures will be near freezing).

We are tracking another storm system for the middle of the week. Ahead of it, winds will begin to surge out of the south starting on Tuesday. Expect breezy conditions from Tuesday night through parts of Thursday, as this system will be in our vicinity. Winds out of the south on Tuesday means warmer air is on the way, where high temperatures (depending on timing of rain) could make their way towards the 60 degree mark. As the storm system looms closer, rain chances go up and a thundershower or two may also be possible. Cold air remains well off to the west, and seems to be further delayed with each forecast model run.  Expect rain showers to be in abundance, some of which can be heavy, Tuesday evening and overnight. 

Rain chances will remain quite high as we kick off Christmas Eve.  Breezy conditions will also continue, especially as a surface cold front passes through the area during the afternoon.  With the latest forecast models, we are seeing a trend that brings in colder air overnight Wednesday into early Thursday.  It is for that reason that Christmas Eve will mainly feature rain showers.  As low pressure pulls north of the Great Lakes and colder is ushered into the region, some light snow showers may start overnight into Christmas morning.  We aren't expecting any major accumulations in our neck of the woods, since precipitation will be light, the surface will be relatively warm, and the snow won't last all that long.  Remaining moisture may be a limiting factor in how much snow we actually see with this system. Check back for updates.

Traveling may be tricky for Santa Christmas Eve as breezy conditions really pick up.  After rain and snow showers taper off, we'll see gradual clearing through Thursday afternoon. The wind will die down as the day progresses. Lows Christmas morning will be near 30 and highs will be in the lower 40s. Temperatures will rebound Friday into the lower 50s with partly cloudy skies.

Another storm system moves towards the area to start off next weekend, which could provide us with another chance at some light rain and snow showers. 

Highs will be near 50 Monday, near 60 Tuesday, 50s Wednesday and in the 40s Thursday. Back in the 50s on Friday and 40s Saturday. What a roller coaster ride! Lows in the 30s through Monday night, 40s Tuesday night, near 30 Wednesday and Thursday nights, and 30s Friday night.

You can get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.

Our normal high is 47°, low 27°.

Meteorologist David Boyd