Rain, howling wind, winter chill and mountain snow expected next two days
High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 3/31/2021The difference, however, is the rain that turns widespread after 9 or 10 in the morning. FutureTracker late Wednesday nightMore importantly, we’ll notice the wind really picking up late Wednesday night and lasting all day Thursday. AdPeak wind gusts through Thursday, April 1, 2020Make sure to weigh down any loose objects before going to bed Wednesday night. As temperatures dip into the 20s by Good Friday morning, the wind chills could drop into the single digits and teens. Easter weekend forecast - 2021For updates on the forecast any time, be sure to download our app.
Sunny streak! Temps drop into the weekend despite more sunshine
ROANOKE, Va. – It rained nearly two-thirds of February this year, so it’s safe to say we’re due for a dry and sunny stretch. In fact, it’s been more than three months since we’ve had a completely dry week. Wednesday continues the dry stretch with temperatures climbing into the upper 50s and lower 60s area-wide. This is also what’s going to help pull down some colder air for the rest of the week and the weekend. What we're tracking for the first weekend of March - 2021Once high pressure moves off the East Coast, we’ll see the return of warmer air next week.
Slick, windy and cold as snow departs; next system Sunday
ROANOKE, Va. – Snow exits the area Thursday morning, but it leaves a (somewhat) lasting impact on parts of the region. High temperature forecast for Thursday, 1/28/2021This is also where the wind can blow fallen snow onto the roads. Wind chill forecast for Friday morning, 1/29/2021Wet or snow-covered roads will remain slick as we head into Friday morning. As high pressure drifts northeast, our cold air will stay in place for the next storm system. Odds of wintry weather through 1/31/2021It’s likely that this becomes a more prolonged winter storm, especially since we already have cold air and this storm isn’t moving very quickly.
On This Day: Historic cold of 1985 breaks out in southwest, central Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – The Flood of ‘85 is obviously a historic day in our area’s weather, but it was two months later when Virginia’s weather history book had to be re-opened. On January 21, 1985, the temperature dropped well below zero in our entire area. The farther south the jet stream dips, the farther south cold air can drop. Reanalysis of historic cold on January 21, 1985According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina , the polar vortex dropped into the Great Lakes on the 19th. This outbreak resulted in the deaths of 126 people, according to the National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina .
Cool, breezy pattern to continue through mid-week; subtle warm-up afterward
ROANOKE, Va. – Since the weekend, we’ve been stuck in a breezy, cold pattern. This pattern, however, will continue Tuesday with gusts peaking between 20 and 30 mph. Zone forecast for Tuesday afternoonWe’ll see more clouds in our western half and a bit more sun in our eastern half. Any snow showers between Tuesday and Wednesday will mostly be focused on our west-facing slopes. By Wednesday, another disturbance will place snow showers on the west-facing slopes.
Cold wind, mountain snow continue through first half of the week
With shallow moisture off the Great Lakes, most periods of snow will be focused on the west-facing slopes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Northwest flow snow in our area through WednesdayFor most of us, we’ll notice the wind picking up from time to time. Monday's wind speed and wind gust forecastThis will help reinforce colder air with Monday afternoon’s temperatures in the 30s and 40s area-wide. It will pass quickly between 6:51 and 6:54.International Space Station fly-over, Monday 1/18/2021Looking later in the week, there will be a storm system over the Desert Southwest. There’s no one particular storm system we’re tracking, but the pattern itself is one we’ll watch.
Winter returns! Cold air, gusty wind and scattered bursts of snow highlight weekend forecast
Around 11 a.m. or Noon, we’ll begin to see rain moving into parts of the New River Valley. This will mix with snow in parts of the New River Valley and Highlands during the afternoon. A trailing disturbance Saturday will reinforce the cold air and send snow to the west-facing slopes. The potential for anything more substantial will be on the west-facing slopes like Whitetop, Quinwood and Snowshoe. Snow accumulation for Friday (1/15/2021) and Saturday (1/16/2021)Aside from the limited snow potential, we’ll all feel the chill and the wind.
Seasonably cold, calm prior to late week snow potential
This comes with our next storm system of interest. High temperature forecast from 1/4 to 1/8/2021A storm system will come out of the Plains by Thursday, picking up some moisture and causing rising motion in the atmosphere. Marginally cold air present in the eastern U.S. Thursday and FridayAs the two collide, snow will be a possibility Thursday night and Friday of this week. These balloons routinely collect data that’s fed into forecast models, making them more accurate in the coming days. How weather balloons work
One week away! Seasonably cold weather precedes Christmas cold blast
ROANOKE, Va. – Following Wednesday’s wintry mess, we continue to stay seasonably cold Friday with decreasing clouds. The Great Conjunction of 2020Looking beyond toward Christmas, we are tracking a strong cold front that will likely bring rain to the area at some point on Christmas Eve. What we're tracking on Christmas Eve 2020Once the front passes, we’ll likely see some snow toward our west-facing slopes. The rest of us will be left much colder and windy at times through Christmas Day. What we're tracking on Christmas Day 2020At the moment, the chance of a White Christmas (1″ of snow on the ground on Christmas Day) is slim.
Weather outside turns from frightful to delightful Thursday; rain to return soon
ROANOKE, Va. – High pressure overhead has allowed the wind to finally calm down, but that’s also allowed temperatures to tumble into the 20s. As high pressure drifts east, a light wind from the south will push afternoon temperatures into the 50s. What we're tracking by Saturday morningRain totals will add up to 0.5-2.0″, which could lead to some additional minor flooding. For the most part, your weekend plans look good to go from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Weekend plans for Friday, 12/4/2020 through Sunday, 12/6/2020Beyond the weekend, we’ll track a series of weak, moisture-starved fronts that will just reinforce cooler air through next week.
Trading Wednesday’s winter coat for a rain coat (again) late Friday
High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 12/2/2020With our storm system moving north, the wind will still remain intact throughout the day but relax more at night. Low temperature forecast for Thursday morning, 12/3/2020Thursday starts out sunny with afternoon highs rising into the 50s. Energy from the north combines with moisture from the south to produce a round of heavy rain Friday night into early Saturday morning. FutureTracker - Friday eveningSome areas are looking at another 1 to 2 inches of rain by the time rain moves out midday Saturday. You may want to make a Plan B for anything Friday evening, but most of the weekend is in decent shape as this system moves to the northeast pretty quickly.
Cold start to your Thursday before a big warm up!
Morning CommuteWinds will continue to stay fairly calm throughout the day as they come in from the south. This will help keep our wind chill values slightly warmer than in recent days. Today's WindsAlthough we are starting off very cold, temperatures will warm up nicely today. Hourly PlannerWe have beautiful weather in the days ahead. High pressure will continue to bring beautiful, clear skies through the weekend.
Weather whiplash: Near-70° warmth follows freezing mornings
ROANOKE, Va. – The coldest air of the season has moved into parts of the area as of Wednesday morning. Still, we expect high temperatures to only reach 45-50° area-wide Wednesday afternoon with plenty of sun around. High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 11/18/2020A clear sky, calm wind and bone-dry air will allow temperatures overnight to plummet once again. Low temperature forecast for Thursday morning, 11/19/2020As the jet stream continues to retreat northward, however, we’ll warm back up as soon as we cooled down. By Friday and Saturday afternoons, high temperatures will reach 65-70°.
Novembrrrr: Coldest air of the season on the horizon
ROANOKE, Va. – Up until this point, it’s been one of the warmest Novembers on record. For Lynchburg and Roanoke, this will be the first freeze of the season. Allow the car some time to get going in the morning, and keep an eye on the tire pressure light. Tips for freezing temperatures Wednesday and Thursday morningsAs quick as we cool down, however, we warm right back up. Upper air pattern by Friday, 11/20/2020Looking ahead to Thanksgiving, the Climate Prediction Center’s 6-to-10 day outlook shows warmer than average weather (average high in the mid-50s and average low in the mid-30s).
A week divided: November winds and chill to start; warmer air prevails later
The air is drier, and there’s an added nip thanks to a gusty northwest wind. The path of Iota vs. the path of Eta - 2020However, it isn’t expected to curve back north like Eta did. The jet stream retreats north, allowing temperatures to rise well into the 60s late this week and into the weekend. Upper air pattern by Friday, 11/20/2020The trend through Thanksgiving is for temperatures to be above average (average is mid 50s during the day and mid 30s at night). Temperature and precipitation trends through Thanksgiving 2020Precipitation trends start to buckle a bit, as we may have a front or two pass through next week.
Welcome to November! It feels like December...
Many of you have reported seeing some snow flurries since Sunday night! pic.twitter.com/Gdt8lw664K — Chris Michaels (@WSLS_Michaels) November 2, 2020For the rest of the day, expect any kind of snow flurries to taper off. Wind alerts for Monday, 11/2/2020Because of the wind from the northwest, we’ll stay quite chilly throughout the day. High temperature forecast for Monday, 11/2/2020The wind will make it feel even colder, giving us a true early December feel. As the jet stream lifts north, the wind will calm down and temperatures will recover throughout the rest of the week.
‘Cuddle alert’ goes into effect as temps fall into the 30s by Saturday morning
FutureTracker - 5 p.m. FridayBecause the front is moving through during the daytime, our high temperature has already happened. Morning lows on 10/17 and 10/18/2020In addition, it might not be a bad idea to fill up your tires. For every 10° drop in temperatures, tire pressure drops by 1 psi. Fall festivities forecast for Saturday, 10/17/2020While this will be some of the coolest daytime air we’ve had in months, it will still be sunny and nice! Upper air pattern next weekThe jet stream retreats north, meaning the autumn air does so as well.
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.
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