ROANOKE, Va. – Tuesday is your quintessential spring day, where you start with a coat and end up in a t-shirt by the afternoon. A nice breeze out of the south will give our temperatures a boost, placing them in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
Enjoy that, because changes are coming Wednesday. A strong cold front will be moving toward the area, sparking some morning and midday rain. Some of this may be fairly heavy, so watch for localized flooding after this past weekend’s rain.
There’s the possibility of a line of strong-to-severe storms to develop east of the Parkway heading into the afternoon. The main concern, if this line develops, would be localized wind damage.
Once this passes, the wind will begin to pick up with gusts up to 40 mph Wednesday night and Thursday. Colder air will allow snow to develop on the west-facing slopes during this time.
Temperatures will start in the 40s and 50s around Midnight and fall Thursday. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s with lower wind chills. As the wind drops off a bit, temperatures will fall into the 20s by Good Friday morning.
If you have already planted, you might want to cover things up or bring them inside. If you haven’t planted, hold off a few weeks.
The good news is that high pressure will take firm control of our weather throughout the holiday weekend, leading to each day becoming warmer than the last.
Expect highs in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s Easter Sunday. Sunrise services will be quite chilly, however, as we start in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
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