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Stay weather aware! Much more active pattern to start the week

Severe storms are not out of the question today, tomorrow or Wednesday

Severe storm threat next three days
Severe storm threat next three days (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Monday! We ended the weekend on a really pleasant note, but unfortunately, extra clouds and rain chances are in the forecast to start the first full week of May.

You may have some showers around for your commute this morning, but we expect a slight lull in the action by midday. A fighting chance for lunch outdoors!

Thunderstorms are expected to develop during the afternoon, that’s when the chance for rain will peak for us. Look for any storms to taper off in the evening.

Today's chance of rain and storms (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Any of the storms that fire up during the afternoon will carry the risk for severe storms and we can’t rule out any storm threat, save for localized flooding.

If I had to pick a primary threat, it would be the potential for damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes and/or large hail will also be possible.

Monday's storm threats (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Storm chances will be peaking around the same time we’re hitting our highs for the day, as is typically the case.

Most of us will be in the 70s this afternoon, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Southside locations touch 80 degrees.

Today's highs across the region (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The active pattern rolls on through Tuesday and Wednesday.

As I want to keep the focus on today’s storm chances, I will save the details on subsequent storm chances for further updates. Please make sure you check back!

The story later in the week will be a big dip in the temperatures! We have highs in the 50s and 60s in the forecast by Thursday and Friday.

The cooler air could hang with us into the weekend and early next week. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has painted our region in the higher chances for “below-normal” temperatures.

Temperature outlook for this weekend and beyond (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

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.