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Cooler, mainly dry this weekend as we ‘spring forward’ into Daylight Saving Time

The clocks change this weekend and after a warm work week, the weather changes, too

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ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Saturday! After a warm work week, we’ll see some changes with the weather this weekend. The most noticeable change will be with the temperatures.

Although they will still be above-average for mid-March, we’ll be cooler than we were during the work week. You can expect variable amounts of cloud cover today and tonight.

After a ten day dry spell was broken in some spots yesterday, look for dry conditions to take over again over the next 24 hours.

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Before you go to bed tonight, make sure to set your clocks forward! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m.

The start of DST is also a good reminder to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Sunrise and sunset Sunday will shift one hour later, to 7:32 a.m. and 7:26 p.m., respectively.

Daylight Saving Time explainer (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Sunday appears to be a decent day weather-wise, with highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s. We’ll have mostly cloudy skies and there may be a brief shower late in the day.

The next big opportunity for precipitation will come later in the day Monday into early Tuesday. This is associated with the storm system sending feet of snow into the Rockies this weekend.

What we're tracking Monday 11 p.m. (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

It appears a wedge of high pressure could provide just enough cold air for a brief wintry mix in the higher elevations.

We’ll include the chance for that in the forecast for the New River Valley and Highlands. If you live in Roanoke, Lynchburg or Southside, you’re looking at just a chilly rain.

Odds of seeing wintry weather late Monday into early Tuesday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Once the precipitation clears out, we’ll see another warming trend through St. Patrick’s Day. More rain is in the forecast by Thursday.

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.