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Summer slowly starts to steal the spotlight the rest of the week

High temperatures will be 10-15° above average through Friday afternoon

High temperatures through Saturday, 10/16/2021
High temperatures through Saturday, 10/16/2021

ROANOKE, Va. – Yet again, most of the area starts out in the grey Tuesday morning. However, clouds gradually decrease as the wedge loosens its grip on our weather. This will allow our temperatures to rise more than they did Monday afternoon.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 10/12/2021

The jet stream continues rising to the north throughout the week, allowing warmth to build into the Eastern U.S. Colder air stays bottled up in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest...for now.

Upper air pattern through Friday, 10/15/2021

Thursday’s high temperatures will be close to record levels, especially in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southside.

Near-record warmth Thursday, 10/14/2021

That’s expected to be the case Friday afternoon as well, when temperatures rise an additional degree or two.

Near-record warmth Friday, 10/15/2021

Our next cold front arrives Saturday, bringing some showers through the area from midday through the afternoon. After that, the wind turns gusty.

That’ll cool things off from west to east, so be ready for changeable weather if you’re heading to the Tech vs. Pitt game.

Tech vs. Pitt game forecast

The rest of the weekend will be very fall-like. Expect a sunny Sunday with highs in the 60s. Monday and Tuesday mornings next week will be crisp.

This is exactly the weather needed to get the leaf-changing process to speed up. (Hopefully the wind Saturday evening doesn’t knock too many off.) Here’s the latest report from The Foliage Report.

Foliage report as of Monday, 10/11/2021

We’re at peak at Snowshoe, and we’re getting close to that in places like the Grayson Highlands State Park too.


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.