ROANOKE, Va. – It’s Thursday morning, June 17th, and it feels more like early October. You won’t need the A/C running in the car first thing in the morning, but you may during the afternoon.
Temperatures start in the 40s and 50s, but sunshine and low humidity will help give us a boost into the 70s and 80s once again in the afternoon.
While we drop into the low to mid 50s once again overnight, a downsloping wind Friday afternoon will quickly change that. When the wind comes down the mountains, the air compresses, heats up and stays dry.
Therefore, we expect high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s across much of the area Friday afternoon.
This will make for a perfect pool day! Just remember the sunscreen.
It’s at this point, however, that we will likely have our next tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center has placed high odds on that storm developing, with Air Force Hurricane Hunters flying into the storm Thursday afternoon.
Some moisture from that storm may make its way this far north during the weekend. The main catalyst for any hit-or-miss storms Saturday, however, will be a front to our north. Saturday will be hot, so any hit-or-miss storm that does form may pack a punch.
That same front may also trigger a few slow-moving afternoon storms on Father’s Day.
It’s not until late Sunday night and Monday morning that we could see more of a direct impact from this tropical system.
If it rides the Appalachians, we see more widespread rain (possible flooding). If it rides a little farther east, then that threat becomes less widespread. Make sure you keep checking back for updates by downloading our weather app.