Cinco de Mayo cold front to bring isolated storms, drop in temps and humidity

We won’t see as many storms Wednesday as we did Tuesday

Cinco de Mayo planner - 2021

ROANOKE, Va. – Following Tuesday’s severe storms, Wednesday should offer up a change of pace for most of us. We’ll see high temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s in the New River Valley and upper 70s and lower 80s in Lynchburg and Southside. The Roanoke Valley and Highlands will split the difference, with highs in the 70s.

This temperature difference is part of a cold front that could spark a few afternoon storms where we’re warmest. That’s specifically the case in Lynchburg and Southside, where isolated storms could lead to very localized wind damage and/or pockets of hail.

Wednesday's storm threat - 5/5/2021

Aside from that, we’ll notice it being more breezy Wednesday with gusts of 25-35 mph possible in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands.

Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Wednesday, 5/5/2021
Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Wednesday, 5/5/2021

This breeze out of the west and northwest will help humidity levels drop late Wednesday and into Thursday.

Dew point trends for the next four days

Temperatures will drop as well, with high temperatures Thursday through Saturday about 5-10° below the average for this time of year.

Temperatures dip below average Thursday through Saturday

Come Mother’s Day, we’ll have to keep an eye on the location of a frontal system to our west. That will determine a) how warm you get and b) just when rain and storms develop in your area.

What we're tracking - Mother's Day 2021

Keep checking back for updates on the Mother’s Day forecast, as it’s subject to change depending on where that front sets up camp.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.