ROANOKE, Va. – Thursday morning starts out with your typical late fall/early winter chill. We start the day with sunshine and 20s. Temperatures then rise into the 40s with a gradual increase in clouds later in the day.
We’ll stay cloudy through much of the day Friday with highs in the 50s. A few stray sprinkles can’t be ruled out, with there being a slightly better chance toward the Highlands (along a front) during the evening.
As this front lifts north, that sets the stage for a severe weather event to unfold to our west Friday.
That same unseasonably warm air gets pumped into our area Saturday, leading to near-record highs prior to some needed rain during the afternoon and evening. The severe weather threat in our area looks much lower, due to a lack of instability (thunderstorm fuel).
High temperatures mainly reach the 60s with some lower 70s around before the arrival of rain Saturday.
Once this front passes, we’ll briefly turn cooler Sunday with highs in the 50s.
High pressure takes over for much of next week, allowing temperatures to rise and rain chances to plummet.
The long-range outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows a high likelihood of above average temperatures (average highs in the 40s and lower 50s this time of year).