Morning showers, fog give way to wind, milder air Friday afternoon

Another cold front keeps us cooler for the final weekend of February

ROANOKE, Va. – The wedge has kept us under a layer of cool, damp air since Thursday morning. Friday morning, we start with temperatures mostly in the 30s and pockets of dense fog. Some showers move into areas west of the Parkway through late morning along a cold front.

Once that front moves through, the wind will pick up. Gusts of 25 to 35 miles per hour will be possible in the western half of the area from lunch time onward.

Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Friday, 2/25/2022

Cold air will be ‘delayed’ in a sense, so high temperatures will have the chance to reach the 50s and 60s Friday afternoon.

High temperature forecast for Friday, 2/25/2022

We’ll turn cooler heading into the weekend with more clouds around at times.

Come Sunday, we’ll track a weak disturbance sliding to the south of us. With marginally cold air in place, it’s possible that we see a rain/snow mix closer to the North Carolina-Virginia border (perhaps as far north as Floyd-Montgomery-Giles).

What we're tracking by Sunday morning, 2/27/2022

After that passes, however, temperatures will mostly rise into the low to mid 50s.

Weekend forecast for 2/26 and 2/27/2022

Heading into next week (the first of March), the jet stream retreats to the north. This will allow for milder air to make its way back into the picture. We’ll also keep things mostly dry.

Climate Prediction Center's 6-10 day outlook for March 2 through March 6, 2022

This is all reflected in the Climate Prediction Center’s 6-10 day outlooks (see above).

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.