Don’t burn! Unseasonably warm, dry weather leads to higher fire risk Thursday
The dryness, unseasonable warmth and a breeze will keep the fire risk high Thursday. In addition to that, there is a statewide burn ban in place from Midnight to 4 p.m. each day until the end of April. Fire Weather Watch for Thursday, 3/11/2021Outside of that, Thursday will be another beautiful day to spend outside. High temperature forecast for 3/11/2021Enjoy that, because wet weather will return for some of us Friday. Stay tuned for updates, as the pattern turns wet at times throughout next week.
Temperatures “spring forward” throughout much of the week
Flipping the switch from winter to spring this weekROANOKE, Va. – We turn the clocks ahead one hour this coming weekend. Prior to that, however, temperatures will begin springing forward. It may not feel like that first thing Monday morning, with many of us waking up to temperatures in the 20s. High temperature forecast for Monday, 3/8/2021This is just the beginning of a week-long warm-up! AdRecent dry spells in southwest, central VirginiaThat streak likely comes to an end later in the week, once the jet stream buckles.
Limited winter weather late Friday before 60s, 70s return Sunday
Clouds stay put throughout the day, keeping temperatures steady. Winter weather alerts for Friday, 2/26/2021For most of us, we’ll see rain increasing through the afternoon and evening before becoming more hit-or-miss at night. Don’t cancel weekend plans, but have a Plan B.FutureTracker - Saturday morningA warm front will lift north, keeping things mainly scattered in the afternoon. AdWhat we're tracking by Sunday, 2/28/2021As it stands now (Friday, 2/26/2021), Saturday’s afternoon temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s. Sunday’s afternoon temperatures, however, could jump into the 60s and 70s!
Wednesday likely to be our warmest day since before Christmas
The wind won’t be as much of a factor, but it will be enough to push temperatures up a few degrees. High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 2/24/2021This will likely be a) the warmest weather we’ve seen since mid-December, b) a taste of mid-April and c) more typical of late February in New Orleans! Well, not really, but Roanoke's forecast high of 67 matches the average high for this time of year in New Orleans. Types of precipitation possible Friday eveningThis likely won’t be a big deal, but it will kick off a wet pattern this weekend. AdWhat we're tracking starting this weekendEarly estimates show 1-3″ of rain being likely across the area, which could lead to flooding.
No record warmth like last year, but a warming trend coming this week
Highs reach the 40s in most of the New River Valley and Highlands. We’ll start each morning around freezing, but highs each afternoon reach well into the 50s (some near 60° by Thursday afternoon). We’ve got a strong cold front coming in that will send our temperatures back down for the weekend. What we're tracking by Saturday, 1/16/2021Each morning starts in the 20s, with each afternoon’s temperatures in the 30s and 40s. It’ll be quite windy behind the front too Saturday with mostly mountain snow showers blowing through.
Weather Whiplash: Light snow Monday morning to 60s Thursday afternoon
ROANOKE, Va. – The official start to winter is just two weeks away, but we’re getting a little taste of it Monday morning. This could lead to some slick spots, even outside of the mountains, during the Monday morning commute. Things improve by the afternoon, but may refreeze/get slick again overnight as temperatures drop to 25-30°. Monday's wind speed and wind gust forecastThis, combined with the incoming cold, will make it feel pretty uncomfortable Tuesday morning. Wind chills will drop into the teens and 20s for many of us, with afternoon highs in the 40s.
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°.
Early October warmth expected before sogginess returns next week
ROANOKE, Va. – We started the week with wind chills in the 10s and 20s. In fact, high temperatures will be about 10° above average for the next week or so. Weekend forecast for 11/6 to 11/8/2020Nighttime lows will gradually come up a few degrees as well, as dew points (moisture levels) begin to climb too. Dew points (moisture levels) through Monday, 11/9/2020By next week, we’re talking low temperatures in the 55-61° range, which is about 20° above average for mid-November. Moisture from Eta will team up with a front to give us rain at least Wednesday and Thursday.
60s, 70s prevail as Eta avoids our area...for now
In fact, Wednesday afternoon’s temperatures will be well into the 60s under a sun-kissed sky. Eta made landfall over Nicaragua Tuesday as a Category 4 storm and has since weakened over land. High pressure, which keeps us warm and calm, will suppress Eta to the south. What's guiding Eta through Monday, 11/9/2020The farther west that happens, the wetter we’ll be (probably later next week). Stay tuned for updates, but know that we don’t expect any impacts from the storm for at least the next 5-7 days.
Late summer-like warmth continues...until Sunday
From frost this past weekend to near-record warmth Wednesday, we’re all kinds of confused. Our stretch of unseasonable warmth, however, continues through at least Friday. In fact, Thursday’s warmth will fall short of the day’s records by a few degrees. Forecast temperatures compared to records for Thursday, 10/22/2020At night, we should have enough clear sky to work with. Triangle in space Thursday nightWe’ll keep the warmth around Friday and through most of Saturday too.
Wednesday’s warmth falls short of a record by a few degrees
ROANOKE, Va. – Temperatures all across the board Tuesday managed to get into the mid to upper 70s, making it feel like mid-September. Hourly planner for Wednesday, 10/21/2020For most of the area, that’s about 5° shy of record levels for the day. A few showers and pockets of drizzle will be around too as high temperatures take a dip. What the wedge means for our weather Sunday, 10/25/2020As that erodes, warmer air will likely return early next week. Our next front likely gets delayed a bit, slowing any inevitable cool-down until Halloween or just shortly thereafter.
Fall back! Mid-September warmth takes over the rest of the week
High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 10/20/2020Thus begins our trend of mid-September warmth that should last through at least Thursday. Meanwhile, winter has taken its place over parts of the northern U.S. Just Monday, parts of Iowa received several inches of snow. Autumn snow across the Northern Plains this weekWe’ll avoid that like the plague, by staying on the warm side of any frontal systems through Friday. FutureTracker - wide view by Thursday, 10/22/2020The pattern slowly begins to collapse, allowing fronts to inch closer to the region. FutureTracker - wide view by Saturday, 10/24/2020This front lingers, providing us with the chance for additional showers Sunday and Monday.