The latest model and ensemble guidance shows a very strong cold front moving across the Mid-Atlantic on Christmas Eve Day. Temperatures will likely be in the 50’s east of the mountains, but possibly below freezing in the mountains as rain changes over to snow. As we move into Christmas Eve, the cold front looks to be east of the mountains with an area of low pressure developing along the front. Many models have rain changing over to snow across Central and Northern Virginia. While we are NOT saying it will be a “White Christmas” (just yet,) it’s looking mighty interesting, so this needs to be monitored.
Christmas Day looks VERY cold with highs in the 20’s east of the Blue Ridge and teens in the mountains! It looks to remain much below average through the New Year (with a day or two in between systems of milder temperatures, before cooling back down again.)
The Weather Prediction Center already has a 10 percent chance for wintry weather potential on Christmas Eve Day (Thursday.) We will continue to monitor this, but one thing is for sure…. GET READY FOR THE COLD!