Strong cold front to bring wintry chill, wind back to the area Friday

Wind chills fall into the teens and 20s first thing Friday morning

Strong cold front takes us from October to December

ROANOKE, Va. – We have one more day of warmth before the weather changes in a big way! Thursday’s high temperatures reach the 60s in the mountains and low to mid 70s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Thursday, 11/18/2021

The wind will pick up out of the southwest ahead of a cold front. This cold front first triggers some scattered showers that move from west to east between 5 and 11 p.m.

FutureTracker - 7 p.m. Thursday

The sky clears overnight, as the wind turns gusty out of the west.

FutureTracker - early Friday morning, 11/19/2021

The clear sky bodes well for our view of the lunar eclipse! You can read more on the eclipse in Justin’s newsletter.

Lunar eclipse peaks at 4:03 a.m. Friday

Otherwise, make sure you bundle up Friday morning. The wind chill will drop into the teens in the mountains and 20s in most other locations.

Wind chills first thing Friday morning

While the wind may die down a bit by the evening, it will be very cold at high school football games. Temperatures will be in the 30s throughout the game. Make sure you have the jacket, hats, gloves, blanket and some cash for hot chocolate!

Friday night football forecast for 11/19/2021

We start in the 20s Saturday morning. Clouds and afternoon temperatures increase during the weekend.

Zone by zone forecast for the weekend of 11/20 and 11/21/2021

Showers move in Sunday night into Monday with our next cold front. Behind that one, a surge of colder air rides in on strong wind gusts Tuesday of next week. Highs will only be in the 30s and 40s depending on your elevation.

Cold snap to send highs into the 30s and 40s next Tuesday

As the air shifts out of the southwest, temperatures will rise a bit by Thanksgiving. Our first look at Thanksgiving shows temperatures in the 50s to near 60° during the afternoon with most rain holding off.

An early look at the 2021 Thanksgiving forecast

Be sure to keep checking back with us for updates on the holiday forecast by downloading our weather app.

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.