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Unseasonable afternoon warmth comes before strong cold front

Snow piles up on the mountains between Friday and Saturday

5-day high temperature trend through 1/17/2021
5-day high temperature trend through 1/17/2021

ROANOKE, Va. – As is usually the case this time of year, some of us are starting the morning with frost on the windshield. Budget a couple extra minutes to get rid of that before heading out first thing Wednesday.

By the afternoon, sunshine and a little breeze will push temperatures up into the 50s for many of us.

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 1/13/2021
High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 1/13/2021

The jet stream stays north of us through Thursday, allowing temperatures to continue building. We’ll mostly be in the mid to upper 50s for afternoon highs Thursday. Enjoy that, because big changes are forthcoming.

What we're tracking by Wednesday, 1/13/2021
What we're tracking by Wednesday, 1/13/2021

By Friday, a cold front will be moving through. This may actually lead to temperatures dropping in the afternoon. Snow will begin on some west-facing slopes Friday.

What we're tracking by Friday, 1/15/2021
What we're tracking by Friday, 1/15/2021

Especially Saturday, however, some trailing energy behind the front will allow the snow to pile up on the west-facing slopes. Some flurries and snow showers will make their way east of the mountains, with some light accumulations possible west of the Parkway.

Regardless, we’ll be cold and windy with highs in the 30s and 40s Saturday. Only subtle improvements will come by Sunday.

5-day high temperature trend through 1/17/2021
5-day high temperature trend through 1/17/2021

Next week starts out calm, but there are indications of a storm system developing near the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll keep an eye on that, as it could mean our next chance of wintry weather mid-to-late next week.


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