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Forecast Last Updated at Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:12PM

Gray and Blue Start to Winter

I'm a little blue over the gray skies we'll see for the next four days. It was refreshing to see the sun for a little while today as the overcast skies are now here to stay. Light rain and drizzle arrive later tonight lasting into Monday. Late tonight and Monday, light freezing rain and freezing drizzle may produce a light glaze, especially along the Blue Ridge. Click here for a map of where the light freezing rain is possible.

Spotty light rain and drizzle with fog are somewhat the "norm" through Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon, rain increases in intensity and coverage. Tuesday night and Wednesday promise to be pretty wet. Colder air arrives Wednesday night. White Christmas? if you have very low standards for "White", it's doable. See details in the Forecast Discussion.

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Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 30

Cloudy with fog; Light rain developing late tonight (light freezing rain at higher elevations & along the Blue Ridge); Wind becoming SE 5-15 mph tonight
Monday

Hi: 38 Lo: 34

Cloudy with fog; Spotty light rain & drizzle especially in the AM (light freezing rain especially near the Blue Ridge); Light SE wind (5-15 mph at higher elev's)
Tuesday

Hi: 44 Lo: 39

Cloudy with fog; Spotty light rain; Heavier rain late day & Tue. night; Light wind, except SW 10-20 mph at higher elev's
Wednesday

Hi: 53 Lo: 27

Cloudy; Rain through early evening, changing to snow showers overnight; Turning colder Wed. night
Thursday

Hi: 38 Lo: 28

Early flurries; Then clearing skies; Chilly

Further Out

Friday - Increasing PM clouds; Much milder; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 30s
Saturday - Partly cloudy; A step colder; High in the mid 40s; Low in the upper 20s

Forecast Discussion

Today was the pick for best weather through Christmas Day with some sun to brighten the beginning of winter. Temperatures were cool but not cold. Now we're in a mucky mess through Wednesday.

Low pressure developed off the Carolina Coast today and moves slowly north early this week. Also, high pressure centered in the Canadian Maritimes wedged down the Appalachians. Moisture will overrun chilly air at the surface. Overcast skies locked down by late Sunday afternoon and light rain develops later tonight lasting into Monday. However, areas of light freezing rain and freezing drizzle will develop late tonight and continue into Monday. Light freezing precipitation will be an issue along the Blue Ridge and at higher elevations.

Cool temperatures continue into Tuesday with spotty light rain and drizzle continuing. Higher elevations will be above the inversion layer Tuesday--considerably milder there relative to eastern areas along the Blue Ridge. Fog is an issue tonight through Tuesday especially along the Blue Ridge.

Timing for the next front will be slower than previously anticipated. The front is scheduled for arrival about sunset Christmas Eve, as it is delayed by low pressure moving north from Louisiana to the Great Lakes Tuesday/Wednesday. Rain increases late Tuesday. Then Tuesday night and Wednesday look quite wet.

Now for the "Sorta White Christmas" part... Colder air rushes in behind the cold front Wednesday night. Snow showers and flurries develop Christmas Eve for Santa's Ride. Rudolph will not need his brightest wattage, but that red nose will come in handy. They will encounter snow showers, flurries, colder temperatures, and blustery winds.

Christmas Day looks chilly with decreasing clouds after early snow flurries. Milder temperatures quickly return Friday with increasing clouds Friday afternoon. There's greater potential for colder weather as we get closer to New Year's Eve and Day.

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