ROANOKE, Va. – Many of us are waking up to frost Friday morning, which is a little later than average for the eastern half of the area. For the western half, this is right on schedule.
Temperatures through the afternoon will be held below the average for mid-to-late April, thanks to high clouds drifting into the region. Highs will range from 55-60° in the New River Valley to the low-to-mid 60s elsewhere.
Some patches of frost may develop before sunrise Saturday, but clouds will be on the increase through the rest of the morning. Highs only get into the 50s before our round of rain moves in.
This is forecast to happen after 11 a.m. or 12 p.m.
The only thing that would prevent the rain from turning widespread would be if storminess to our south gobbled up all the moisture and energy in the atmosphere. Keep the rain gear around, and download our app for updates.
By Sunday, our storm system will be east of the area. We’ll be left on the backside of it, meaning we’ll start with mountain showers. Clouds will decrease, and the wind will stay gusty at times.
Expect afternoon temperatures to be about 10° higher Sunday than Saturday.
The warming trend really takes off throughout next week. As the jet stream retreats to the north, warmer air will begin to shift into the Eastern U.S.
We’re talking high temperatures in the low to mid 80s next Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain and storm chances will hold off until at least next Thursday, if not next Friday.