ROANOKE, Va. – For the second time in about a week, parts of the Deep South and Tennessee River Valley are under the gun for a significant severe weather outbreak.
That same storm system will give us some afternoon showers Thursday, but the severe threat for our area at that time will be quite low.
Temperatures, meanwhile, will reach into the 60s and 70s area-wide prior to any afternoon showers.
We’ll likely see a bit of a break in the action early Thursday evening before the bulk of our rain settles in at night.
Some storms will be possible after 9 or 10 p.m. through the wee morning hours Friday, but warm air above us should put a cap on the potential for any widespread severe weather.
If we do see any stronger storms, that potential would be along and west of Interstate 77.
We’ll be pretty breezy at times Thursday, but the wind will start to pick up even more Friday once this system passes north and east. Wind speeds will reach 10-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph possible.
That same downsloping wind, along with more sunshine, will push temperatures into the 70s and even 80s for some. We’ll be near record highs in areas like Lynchburg and Southside Friday afternoon.
Heading into the weekend, our old front will provide a boundary for more showers to develop. We’ll start Saturday dry, but the chance for showers will go up late in the afternoon into the evening.
As that front lifts north, it opens up the gates for another, stronger system to move in from the west. Expect it to be wet at times Sunday.
Beyond Sunday, we’ll turn windy, cooler and drier by next Monday.