Get ready! Saturday warmth to be followed by cold, light snow Sunday

A weekend cold front will cause us to go from spring to winter weather

Tale of two seasons - Roanoke (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – It’s been such a nice stretch of weather in our corner of the Commonwealth! Friday was the peak of the warm temperatures as many saw highs in the 60s.

I don’t think our Saturday will be QUITE as warm, but we’re still well above-average with highs in the 50s and 60s.

You can also expect more clouds around today ahead of our next cold front.

Saturday high temperatures (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Spotty rain will be possible starting this evening and could become more widespread overnight. Eventually, colder temperatures will work their way into the area, which will change the precipitation over to snow.

Here’s what clouds, precipitation and temperatures could look like at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Future Tracker - Sunday 6 a.m. (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The snow will be wrapping up towards the middle of the day. We’re not expecting big totals for much of the area, perhaps 0-1″.

The forecast models are hinting at a bullseye of 1-3″ in the mountains north of Lynchburg. That’s where a winter storm watch is in effect.

Snow accumulation - Super Bowl Sunday (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Once the snow wraps up, the story will be the cold. Our highs will only be in the 30s and low 40s on Sunday.

The cold will stick with us into Valentine’s Day. We’re issuing a cuddle alert for you and your sweetie!

Valentine's Day planner (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

It’s not going to stay cold forever, though. We expect temperatures to gradually warm back up by Wednesday and Thursday.

Upper air pattern - Thursday 2 p.m. (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Most of the week looks precipitation-free, however, we could have some rain to deal with late Thursday into Friday.


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.