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Feeling more like late March than early January to start the weekend

Highs about 15 degrees above-average on the first Saturday of 2021

Weekend plans forecast
Weekend plans forecast (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Saturday! Our New Year’s rain is gone, but we have the chill and some fog to contend with to start the first Saturday of 2021.

Once the sun comes up, the fog will dissipate and temperatures will be quick to warm. Many of us will be well into the 50s by lunchtime, then hit the 60s by afternoon.

These temperatures are more typical of what we would feel in late March than early January!

This afternoon's zone forecast (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Part of the reason we’re warmer today is a downsloping set-up. You may have heard us talk about days with a west wind warming us up to unseasonable levels.

As we’re hitting our high temperatures around 2 or 3 p.m., the wind will be strongest. Gusts peak between 20 to 30 miles per hour this afternoon before subsiding this evening and tonight.

This afternoon's wind gust forecast (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Our next storm system will ride up a front through the Carolinas tonight. It’s expected to spark some showers here after midnight through Sunday morning.

Temperatures appear to be too warm for any wintry weather to develop.

What we're tracking Sunday 8 a.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

We don’t expect rainfall totals to be as high as on New Year’s Day. Look for up to a half an inch of rain. The areas with the best shot at the higher totals will be Southside and Lynchburg.

Rainfall forecast through Sunday morning (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Quiet and cooler weather takes over as we head into the first full week of 2021. Our next opportunity for rain won’t come until Friday.


About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.