ROANOKE, Va. – The last weekend of summer certainly felt like it. Clouds continue to roll in, thanks to an onshore wind out of the east. This will hold temperatures down a bit compared to the weekend.
Highs Monday reach the low to mid 70s in the higher elevations and upper 70s/low to mid 80s from the Roanoke Valley east toward Lynchburg and Southside.
Come Tuesday, the wedge will be in place. That keeps high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. As warm, moist air moves in above us, we’ll see periods of rain developing. Some of this could turn heavy along the ridges, where the air rises more.
By Wednesday, our strong, fall front will move slowly from west to east. We may see a batch of rain in the morning, with a line of heavier rain and storms moving through later in the day. Some of the storms could be quite strong.
We’ll see rain totals of about 1-3″ (isolated higher) throughout the week, so localized flooding may be a possibility too.
The big thing we’ll notice is the rush of fall air that comes in on the back side of this front. Temperatures Friday and Saturday mornings will likely start in the 40s. For some of us, this hasn’t happened in more than three months.
The last impact this front will have will be on the tropics. Storms like Peter and Rose won’t have the chance to get to the U.S., because this front will help guide Peter out to sea.