With the official start of winter on the horizon, it began to look and feel like winter in the Charlottesville area this week, with a bit of wintry weather earlier in the week. Charlottesville & Albemarle County were briefly turned into a winter wonderland, with tree branches encased in a clear, icy coating. The good news is that as quickly as the wintry wallop arrived, it will depart. Temperatures will rise above freezing on Thursday and road conditions will gradually improve. If you’re looking to hop in the car for a safe and socially-distanced weekend getaway to Charlottesville & Albemarle County, here’s what you can expect!

Though nowhere near as warm as last weekend’s weather, the forecast is pretty much just what we would expect at this point in December. Temperatures will be seasonably cool (but not cold!) and precipitation chances are slim. Friday will feature tons of sunshine as we gear up for the weekend and that sunshine will continue into Saturday, with clouds increasing a bit late in the day. Sunday will bring a mix of sun and clouds, with the next substantial chance for any rain holding off until well into next week. From a temperature perspective, expect highs in the low to mid 40s on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday seeing daytime highs closer to 50. Remember, with the sunshine, it will feel a few degrees warmer, but you’ll still need the jackets – especially at night when the temperatures will dip into the 20s.

It’s the last weekend before the Christmas holidays and our one-of-a-kind shops and stores are offering some great deals and are the perfect places to find special gifts for your family and friends. While you’re here, enjoy cuisine from around the world at one of our many locally-owned restaurants, many of which have heated outdoor patio spaces. But remember to put safety first. Mask up and keep a safe distance as you enjoy your time in the Charlottesville area!

Look for another weekend weather update next week. We look forward to welcoming to Charlottesville & Albemarle County soon!