46ºF

Another warm day prior to brief late-week cool snap

Cold air rides into town on a gusty wind, accompanied by mountain snow, Friday

We're tracking two systems between now and Friday
We're tracking two systems between now and Friday

ROANOKE, Va. – Yesterday afternoon felt amazing in parts of our area, and Wednesday shouldn’t be much different. A west wind, combined with a mix of clouds and sun, will push many of us into the 60s for afternoon highs.

Feeling very spring-like Wednesday afternoon
Feeling very spring-like Wednesday afternoon

The only downside to a day like Wednesday is that pollen levels will be quite high, with maple, juniper and ash to blame.

Allergies expected to be bothersome Wednesday
Allergies expected to be bothersome Wednesday

Come Thursday, we’ll be tracking a system rising from the Gulf. There’s enough dry air in our region to hold off any precipitation during the day. However, as this system rides into the Carolinas, we may see a few showers or a brief mix near the southern Blue Ridge during the evening.

Best chance of rain late Thursday-Thursday night appears to be east of the Parkway
Best chance of rain late Thursday-Thursday night appears to be east of the Parkway

After that, our second system blows in from the west. This one will bring along cooler air, strong wind gusts and mountain snow Friday. As for wind gusts, expect them to peak between 30 and 45 mph throughout the day Friday.

Gusts will peak between 30 and 45 mph
Gusts will peak between 30 and 45 mph

These northwest wind gusts favor our west-facing slopes for more snow throughout the day Friday, with the possibility for a little spill over in the morning into parts of the New River Valley.

Most snow accumulation Friday focused on the mountains
Most snow accumulation Friday focused on the mountains

Afterward, we’ll still be cold and breezy Saturday. Sunday is the pick day of the weekend. We’ll see sun each day, but Sunday will be roughly 10-15° warmer during the afternoon.


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