ROANOKE, Va. – It’s going to be tough to follow up Wednesday’s near-record heat, but we’ll come close Thursday afternoon. Temperatures top out in the low to mid 80s throughout the New River Valley with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s once again in the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg area and Southside.
There’s only a slim chance of a stray storm south of US 460 later in the day. The better chance for showers and storms comes Friday. We’ll still be quite warm (in the 80s) leading up to any storms.
Any storms before 5 p.m. will be pretty hit-or-miss, but they can still pack a punch given the warmth and humidity.
The “main event,” so to speak, comes after 5 or 6 p.m. as the overall storm system moves closer to our area. This will fire off more numerous showers and storms. While we don’t expect an outbreak of severe weather, a few strong-to-severe storms will be possible before 11 p.m.
Localized wind damage would be the main threat with anything we see Friday afternoon or evening. It’s for that reason that we’re under a Level 1 risk out of 5 for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Our storm system hangs out over the Eastern U.S., as cooler air gets drawn in at the surface. So while the threat for thunderstorms is lower Saturday, the threat for showers isn’t completely gone.
A northeast wind continues to keep us unseasonably cool Sunday, with clouds and perhaps some pockets of fog and drizzle around. Lows start in the 40s and 50s, with afternoon highs only in the 60s.
As high pressure takes control of our weather Monday, the weather will improve. Expect to start cool in the 40s and 50s again, but afternoon highs will rise back into the mid to upper 70s.
It should be just about perfect for any Memorial Day plans you may have!
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