Woah there...cold front makes our weekend weather flip flop
After some patches of fog Friday morning, we make our way back into the 70s by the afternoon. High temperature forecast for Friday, 10/23/2020Even by Saturday, we’ll notice temperatures make their way into the 70s. FutureTracker - Saturday afternoonThis is all riding on a cold front that will completely flip the script this weekend. Saturday’s high temperatures will be in the 70s. We’ll warm back up by next week with rain chances increasing later in the week prior to Halloween.
Coolest air in five months set to arrive Friday, Saturday
Crisp, autumn air fades as sunshine goes to quick work throughout the rest of the day. Even as clouds develop near and east of the Blue Ridge Parkway, high temperatures will still rise into the 70s once again Thursday afternoon. Thursday's high temperature forecast - 10/15/2020This all changes once a cold front moves through the area Friday. Our high temperature will likely come early in the morning. Temperatures fall west of the Parkway and then level off in areas east of the Parkway throughout the day.
Make like onions, and peel away at the layers Wednesday, Thursday
ROANOKE, Va. – With high pressure overhead, the sky is clear and our morning is crisp. Under a blue sky, high temperatures rise into the low to mid 70s area-wide with a comforting breeze from time to time. FutureTracker - Friday afternoonBehind this front, temperatures tumble into the upper 30s and lower 40s first thing Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon’s high temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s despite sunshine. With a clear sky and calm wind, most of us fall into the mid to upper 30s by Sunday morning.
Finally! Sunshine gradually returns to warm things up prior to weekend cool snap
As the front clears the area, however, drier air comes in on the back side to clear things up a bit and make things feel more comfortable. A clear sky at night will help temperatures fall into the 40s first thing Wednesday morning. That clear sky will also allow us to see a few things in the pre-dawn sky. That’s a sign of cooler air coming in that will place us in the 30s each morning this weekend. Low temperatures the weekend of 10/17 and 10/18/2020We’ll see our fair share of sunshine this weekend, but expect crisp, cool autumn air to rule the roost.
Delta departs; two fronts reinforce autumnal air throughout the week
ROANOKE, Va. – Following our sixth round of tropical remnants this season, we’ll gradually see some changes throughout the week that lead to more favorable fall weather. Other parts of the area are seeing some fog and mist as well, thanks to the moisture that Delta has brought. Only a few showers are expected throughout the day as the remnants of Delta depart to the east. Lows by Wednesday morning fall into the 40s, thanks to the drier air, clearer sky and calmer wind. If you had fall activities planned this past weekend that fell through, this coming weekend looks much better for them!
Big warm-up precedes remnant rain from tropical system
A weak cold front passed by overnight, giving us just a few clouds to start out with Monday. High pressure camps out over the area into Tuesday morningA sky without clouds is like a bed without a blanket. Expect low temperatures overnight to fall into the low to mid 40s by first thing Tuesday morning. Overnight temperatures heading into Tuesday morningWe’ll start out chilly Tuesday morning, but highs will eventually make their way into the low to mid 70s. Exactly where this system goes and how strong it will be over land will determine how much rain and wind we see by Saturday.
Sliver of Canadian air keeps autumn locked in for the weekend
ROANOKE, Va. – This time last year, we were breaking record high temperatures. Fast forward to 2020, and autumn is actually behaving like autumn. Forecast high temperatures for Friday, 10/2/2020A clear sky at night and a calming wind will allow the limited warmth to escape, leading to a colder night ahead. Not included in the graphic below are Jeter Farm, Layman Farms, Williams Orchard, Johnson’s Orchard and so many more. By Wednesday, high temperatures will likely be around 75-80°.
Cold front makes early October feel like late October starting Friday
ROANOKE, Va. – With Thursday comes the start to October, and it is going to feel like it. High temperatures will climb into the 60s and 70s area-wide. Forecast high temperatures for Thursday, 10/1/2020Thursday also marks three months left to what has been one of the wettest years on record in our area. High temperatures Friday afternoon will be about 10° lower than Thursday, making things feel more like the end of October by Friday and Saturday. Fall festivities forecast for Saturday, 10/3/2020Not included are events at Williams Orchard, Woods Farm, Fall on the Farm on Richdale, Layman Family Farm and so much more.
Fall breeze Wednesday turns to sweater weather later this week
Highs will be in the 60s in the New River Valley and Highlands. Wednesday's forecast high temperaturesIt will be breezy in the wake of Tuesday’s cold front, but not so strong that all the leaves fall off the trees. What we're tracking the rest of the weekBehind the front, we get a reinforcing shot of cold air courtesy of Canada. This will leave high temperatures in the 50s in the New River Valley and parts of the Highlands and in the 60s elsewhere. Autumn air arrives Friday through the weekend from CanadaMorning temperatures this weekend will start in the 30s and 40s.
Rounds of heavy rain Tuesday followed by a stretch of fall weather
In fact, temperatures will likely drop a few degrees throughout the day Tuesday in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands. FutureTracker - midday TuesdayBy the afternoon, we’ll be tracking a line (or a broken line) of heavy rain slowly moving from west to east. As we head deeper into the night, the rain turns a little lighter and gradually moves out of the area. FutureTracker - Tuesday nightAfter the rain leaves, we’ll have collected about half an inch to an inch and a half of rain across the area. As the front passes and rain moves east, we’ll notice the wind pick up a bit Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Pair of cold fronts to bring heavy rain, return to fall weather
ROANOKE, Va. – After a dry and warmer weekend, we’ll follow it up with warmer weather again Monday. A cold front will then inch closer late Monday night into Tuesday morning, leading to some pockets of heavy rain along the West Virginia-Virginia line moving from southwest to northeast. FutureTracker - Tuesday nightIt’s because of the slow movement of the rain, and the amount of moisture around, that we expect 1-2″ of rain area-wide. This could offer us one last round of heavy rain Wednesday night before passing off toward the east. What we're tracking by ThursdayCold front #2 comes in from the west late Thursday and brings in much less humid air.
Why don’t we get equal day and night on the equinox?
ROANOKE, Va. – For the longest time, we have all heard that the start to fall or spring is when we receive equal daylight and equal darkness. In mid-latitudes, like our region, we receive roughly 12 hours and 8 minutes of daylight on the autumnal equinox (first day of fall). Sunrise and sunset times at the start of any season in 2020When do we receive equal daylight? The equilux typically comes a few days before the first day of spring and a few days after the first day of fall. This happens on a different date for different parts of the earth, while the equinox is a world-wide occurrence happening at the same exact time.
Final day of summer to feel more like October
ROANOKE, Va. – In a year that has stood still and raced by at the same time, it’s still hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. We’ll fall into the 30s and 40s Tuesday morning which, for most of us, is not a record. This will warm things up by Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, as what’s left of Tropical Storm Beta looms west. What We're Tracking by Friday, 9/25/2020Beyond Beta, we’ll see a strong cold front come in from the west. As this dips south and grabs moisture from the Gulf, our chances for showers and storms will go up late Sunday into early next week.
A Pumpkin Spice Watch is possible as autumn air settles in
ROANOKE, Va. – As soon as we say goodbye to Sally, we say hello to fall! The season of pumpkin spice and everything nice doesn’t officially start until Tuesday, but we’ll get a taste this weekend. Fall equinox - Sept 22, 2020Go figure...we may actually start to warm up after that point! But there’s one thing that could pump the brakes on the warm-up, and it’s wildfire smoke. Tracking wildfire smoke by Tuesday, 9/22/2020We’ll let you know if that changes at all, but it likely won’t be a burden on our health/air quality if it does make it back here.
A taste of fall weather arrives just one week early
Forecast lows for the morning of 9/16/2020We’ll be back in the 70s by Wednesday with a few more high level clouds streaming in off of Hurricane Sally . Where that meeting happens ultimately determines how much rain we get later this week. FutureTracker - Friday afternoon when Sally and a cold front could meet upThe farther south it happens, the less rain we see. Tracking Sally this Thursday and FridayRegardless, this front is going to take Sally out to sea in time for the weekend. We’re talking highs in the 60s and lower 70s and nighttime lows in the 40s and lower 50s.
Tracking two shots of fall air this week; Sally to bring rain too
As a front clears the area, humidity levels will gradually drop throughout the day. Humidity levels drop midweek and rise later onWe’ll start in the 50s again Wednesday with moisture levels increasing late Wednesday into Thursday. This comes as we track Tropical Storm Sally, which will likely become a hurricane Monday. Sunday's 11 p.m. track for Tropical Storm SallySally will weaken considerably before having any impact on us Thursday and Friday. The farther south the storm tracks, the less rain we see late Thursday into Friday.
Amber Alert canceled, Newport News 4-year-old safely located
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – UPDATEThe Newport News Police Department is reporting that Autumn Williams has been safely located and Eliejah Chalid Hasani Williams is in police custody. State police have canceled the Amber Alert. ORIGINAL STORYState police have issued an Amber Alert Wednesday night for a missing 4-year-old they say is in “extreme danger.”Autumn Williams was abducted just after 6 p.m. from Newport News, according to Virginia State Police. State police believe Autumn was abducted by Eliejah Chalid Hasani Williams, who they describe as a Black male with brown hair and brown eyes who is 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds. Williams was last seen driving a 2000 silver Nissan Xterra with Virginia tags “VGK-5046.”State police said Autumn was last seen wearing a blue Frozen princess gown.