Temperatures ‘spring forward’ prior to chance for mid-week rain

Tuesday’s temperatures reach the 60s and 70s across much of the area

ROANOKE, Va. – Monday gave us quite the turnaround from this weekend’s frigid air.

We continue to head in a spring-like direction Tuesday, as high temperatures reach the 60s and lower 70s under a partly cloudy sky.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 3/15/2022

Clouds increase Tuesday night into Wednesday around an area of low pressure. That eventually gives rise to some light rain showers Wednesday afternoon and evening.

FutureTracker - 5 p.m. Wednesday, 3/16/2022

As the low gets closer to us Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, rain turns more widespread. There will be the potential for heavy pockets as the air rises up the terrain.

FutureTracker - 4 a.m. Thursday, 3/17/2022

That said, rain totals will mostly be on the order of 0.25-0.75″, resulting in a very low flood chance for most of us. Any severe/damaging thunderstorm threat will stay south of us.

Weather impacts from Wednesday into early Thursday morning

Otherwise, expect some breaks of sun during the afternoon St. Patrick’s Day with temperatures reaching the 60s again.

St. Patrick's Day planner - 2022

A cold front brings another slight chance of showers late Friday into early Saturday. Temperatures will back off a bit by topping out in the 50s and 60s each day this coming weekend.

Sunday is the first day of spring, and your allergies have probably given you the heads up!

The Climate Prediction Center’s 6-to-10 day outlooks take us through the first few days of Spring 2022, revealing mostly above average temperatures. A strong storm system ejecting from the Rockies will likely result in heavy rain in the Tennessee River Valley.

Climate Prediction Center's 6 to 10 day outlook from 3/20 to 3/24/2022

We could then see that move in our direction mid-to-late next week.

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