T-shirt weather the next two afternoons; wintry wind to follow

Temperatures rise into the 60s and 70s Wednesday and Thursday afternoons

Feeling like early to mid October the next two afternoons

ROANOKE, Va. – The temperature roller coaster continues the next several days. We’re at the top of the hill now, as afternoon temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s in the New River Valley and 70-75° elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Wednesday, 11/17/2021

That’s about 10-15° above average by mid-November’s standards.

A cold front moves through late Thursday, producing a few scattered showers from supper time through about 11 p.m.

FutureTracker - 4 p.m. Thursday

The hope is that the sky will clear out in time for the lunar eclipse early Friday morning. Meteorologist Justin McKee has more on that in this week’s ‘Beyond the Forecast’ newsletter.

Lunar eclipse early Friday morning

Otherwise, we turn a corner toward colder air.

Wind chills first thing Friday morning will be in the teens in the mountains, 20s in the Roanoke Valley and low to mid 30s farther east. Wind gusts will reach 25-35 mph in areas near and west of the Parkway during the day.

Highs reach the 40s and lower 50s Friday, so make sure you bundle up for any high school football action. We fall into the 20s Saturday morning with less wind. The weekend then looks cool with increasing clouds.

Weekend forecast through Sunday, 11/21/2021

That’s ahead of yet another strong cold front. That will bring some showers into Monday morning, followed by strong wind gusts, west slope snow and possibly the coldest air of the season.

Strong cold front blows through early next week

Temperatures will try to moderate a bit by Thanksgiving. We expect more clouds, however, so highs in the 40s and 50s look likely depending on your elevation.

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.