Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 18, 2013

Warmer weather headed our way for Christmas

BLUEFIELD — With spring-like weather on the way, local businesses are hoping the last weekend before Christmas will be a busy one.

And forecasters say it doesn’t look like the region will have a white Christmas this year. In fact, a big warm up begins today.

“We have had a great week and we hope that Saturday will be just as phenomenal,” Darlene Bowers, owner of Leslie Ann’s in Bluefield Va., said.

Other local businesses are also seeing an influx of Christmas shoppers, including Paper and More and the Willow Tree Gift Gallery.

“We have done better this Christmas than any other year I believe,” Willow Tree Gift Gallery employee Jean Neal said. “Sales have been amazing,”

Paper and More has also done quite well.

“I think people just realized that Christmas is next week and business has really picked up,” Sarah Cornelius, an employee at Paper and More, said.

 After weeks of cold weather, including snow, sleet and freezing rain, spring-like temperatures will arrive just in time for the first day of winter, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va.

“Temperatures will reach highs easily into the 60s on Saturday and possibly Sunday,” meteorologist Chris Matta said.

Such warmer temperatures are unusual for this time of year and will potentially be 20 to 25 degrees above normal, Matta said.

“Monday and Tuesday will be pretty chilly after the cold front Sunday night moves through bringing rain and possibly a thunderstorm,” Matta said.

 Temperatures should range in the 40’s for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to Matta.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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