Seasonably chilly start to the week before another strong cold front passes through

Highs reach the 40s Monday and Tuesday before single digit and teen wind chills Wednesday morning

High temperature trend through Friday, 1/28/2022

ROANOKE, Va. – January 2022 (so far) has been about 1°F lower than average. Temperatures the first two days of the week, however, will be close to the average high.

Expect a mix of clouds and sun Monday with highs ranging from the low to mid 40s in the New River Valley and Highlands to mid to upper 40s in the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg area and Southside.

High temperature for Monday, 1/24/2022

A weak disturbance passes north of us Monday night into Tuesday morning, leading to snow showers on the west-facing slopes. The rest of us will just see more clouds Tuesday.

Mountain top snow expected Monday evening into Tuesday morning

A strong cold front then passes through the region heading into Wednesday. This won’t have a lot of moisture, as that’s all being hogged by a separate system to the south.

What it will do is bring temperatures down and bring the wind back, leading to low wind chills first thing Wednesday morning.

Projected wind chill first thing Wednesday morning

Highs Wednesday afternoon will be in the 20s in the mountains and 30s elsewhere - despite sunshine.

Winter weather is held to a minimum through Thursday. With cold air in place, we’ll have to watch the pattern late Friday. The northern branch (cold) and the southern branch (moisture/storm track) will phase together to create a stronger storm.

Tracking the potential for winter weather late Friday, 1/28/2022

Where that happens is key.

If that phasing happens farther west, we’ll be in line for more winter weather late Friday. If that phasing happens farther east, like most models show, we could still see some light snow but the worst weather will be in the Northeast.

Two possible scenarios regarding winter weather potential 1/28/2022

Regardless, we turn very cold and windy once again by Saturday. Keep tabs on the forecast when we’re not on air by downloading our 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.