Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe the holidays are in the rear-view mirror and we’ve all said “So long!” to 2020. We are now settling into the winter months here in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, but just because we are in the midst of the winter season doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to do. Quite the opposite, in fact! Charlottesville & Albemarle County are teeming with activities that can be enjoyed outdoors – and if you’re looking for a weekend getaway, the weather looks to cooperate beautifully in the days ahead. Here’s what you can expect for the upcoming weekend.

A weak system will bring a slight chance of a few showers on Friday (possibly even a few flakes of snow up in the mountains), but moisture is limited, so any rainfall amounts will stay on the lighter side. It’s also a fast mover, which means great things ahead for the weekend. As skies clear Friday night, we are in store for brilliant sunshine on both Saturday and Sunday! Though temperatures will be cool, they will be right on par for what we expect in Central Virginia in January. Highs will generally range from the mid to upper 40s and low temperatures will dip into the mid 20s. The bright sunshine will make it feel a few degrees warmer, so grab the jackets (and your face coverings) and plan your socially-distanced trip to Charlottesville & Albemarle County!

Many restaurants, breweries and wineries are offering heated outdoor spaces, so you can safely eat & sip some of the region’s finest food and craft beverages. Winter is the perfect time (when the weather cooperates) to enjoy the great outdoors in the Charlottesville area. Plan a hike and enjoy views you don’t often get to see during the warmer months because of the foliage. Or stop by one of our historic sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Highland. Don’t forget to stop by the historic pedestrian Downtown Mall for some one-of-a-kind shopping, followed by a warm beverage at one of its cafes.

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