Brief wintry mix for some before improving temperatures Thursday

Outside of a brief mix, the weather stays uneventful until early next week

FutureTracker - Thursday morning

ROANOKE, Va. – We start off Thursday by tracking a weak disturbance moving to our south. This is just enough to spark a brief wintry mix for areas south of US 460 Thursday morning (see graphic above).

However, any precipitation has to overcome drier air in the lowest few thousand feet of the atmosphere. So, we don’t expect this to be a big deal.

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Afterwards, we expect subtle improvements in our temperatures compared to Wednesday afternoon. Highs will range from the 40s in the New River Valley and Highlands to some 50s in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southside.

High temperature forecast for Thursday, 1/21/2021

The wind will kick up a bit once again, though it won’t be as strong as it was Wednesday morning. Thursday afternoon’s wind speeds will reach 10-20 mph with gusts of 20-35 mph west of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Thursday, 1/21/2021

As we head into the weekend, high pressure will come down from the north and cool things off. This will keep things dry as well through most of Sunday.

What we're tracking - weekend of 1/23 and 1/24/2021

Highs each day this weekend will be in the 30s and 40s, with lows falling into the teens and 20s each morning.

Weekend forecast for 1/22 to 1/24/2021

Come Sunday night and Monday, we’ll be tracking a stronger storm system coming in from the west. If enough cold air lingers at the surface, we could see a period of freezing rain before a cold rain settles in for the day.

What we're tracking - Monday, 1/25/2021

With marginally cold air around next week, we’ll have to keep an eye on another system next Wednesday night and Thursday. That could hold the potential for even more wintry weather.

‘Tis the season! Stay tuned for more updates.

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.

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