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Temperatures go above average at home; Eta pummels Central America

After a cold start to the week, temperatures head in the opposite direction now

Warmer weather prevails through the rest of the week
Warmer weather prevails through the rest of the week

ROANOKE, Va. – It’s another cold start in the neighborhood, but we’re thankful the wind chill isn’t quite the factor it was first thing Monday morning. The wind won’t be completely still Tuesday, but it will be a vast improvement to what we’ve seen the past two days.

Sustained wind speeds will range from 5 to 15 mph throughout the day.

Wind speed and direction for Tuesday, 11/3/2020

This breeze out of the west will help to warm things up. After starting with clouds near and east of the Parkway first thing in the morning, we all break out into sunshine and highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 11/3/2020

The jet stream will continue to retreat northward throughout the week. This will take the bulk of the cold back to Canada, reduce rain chances for us and also keep the wind from getting very strong. Temperatures later this week into next week will stay above average as a result.

What we're tracking throughout the week

Meanwhile, a devastating situation is unfolding in parts of Central America (especially Nicaragua and Honduras). Hurricane Eta has undergone rapid intensification. It’s the 9th storm and 5th straight storm to do so this season. As of 1 a.m. Tuesday, its central wind speed went up by 80 mph in a span of 24 hours.

Now on the brink of Cat 5 status, it is poised to make landfall in Nicaragua. This will bring life-threatening wind, storm surge and flooding along with landslides.

Tropical tracker as of 11/3/2020 - Eta

This storm will have a long life-span, as it emerges from Central America and back into the Caribbean this weekend. Where exactly it goes beyond that is to-be-determined. If we were to see any impact from it, it might not be until the middle of the month.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.