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Brrr! Briefly colder and breezy Monday before our next warm-up

After a comfortable end to the weekend, we’ve plunged back into the wintry chill to start the week

Forecast highs vs. average high - Monday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Monday! Many of you are heading back to work or school after a long holiday weekend and you’ll see some BIG changes with the weather as you do so.

A cold front passed through the area Sunday and northwest winds are now carrying colder air into Southwest and Central Virginia.

We’re close to average for the morning lows, but the afternoon highs will run about 10 degrees below average for late November. In fact, it will feel more like mid-January outside!

Forecast high temperatures - Monday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

As the cold front moves away to the east and high pressure moves in from the west, the wind will be a factor today. I don’t believe it will be as strong as Black Friday, but certainly noticeable.

Look for sustained winds between 5 and 15 miles per hour, along with stronger gusts.

Sustained wind vs. Gusts - Monday (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The occasional breezes won’t help it feel any warmer outside! We could be stuck in the 20s and 30s for wind chills all day in the New River Valley and Highlands.

It will be slightly more bearable, but still cold in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Southside.

Today's wind chill - zone by zone (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

If you don’t like the cold air, we have good news for you! This cool-down is expected to be brief and we’re back to fall averages by Tuesday.

The temperatures are forecast to go even warmer later this week! Look for lows in the 40s and 50s, along with highs in the 60s by Thursday and Friday.

Temperature trend - next five days (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The long-range forecast models are hinting at another cool-down for the weekend, so we’ll keep you updated on that.

There appear to be very little to no opportunities for rain or other types of precipitation over the next seven days.

About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.