Rainy days, nights in forecast; sunny on Christmas

Residents hoping for a white Christmas will have to keep dreaming — it’s going to be too warm to snow on Thursday.

Meteorologist Kevin Witt said Monday that area residents can expect rain on Tuesday, with temperatures near 46 degrees.

“[It is] going to be well above freezing; we will be looking at mainly rain,” Witt said, adding that much like the forecast for Monday, the precipitation will be “on and off” throughout the afternoon.

Witt said that precipitation for Christmas Eve is expected to be “light to moderate” and “more steady” than Monday and Tuesday. That precipitation, Witt said, could continue into the early morning hours of Thursday.

He noted that rain and wintry mixes are “typical for this time of year.”

However, Witt said the temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday are a little bit abnormal for the Virginia averages in December.

Temperatures on these days will be as much as 15 degrees above average, Witt said.

Again, Witt cautioned drivers to “allow a little extra time” on travel days.

He said that, with the amount of precipitation expected, there could be “moderate to heavy ponding of water” in certain areas.

The forecast for Christmas Day is calling for partly sunny skies and a high of 49 degrees. Thursday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 31.

Friday will be sunny with a high near 53.

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Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com