Powerful storm produces severe weather threat from Southern Plains to Southeast

It’s possible that we see a few strong to severe thunderstorms Wednesday

ROANOKE, Va. – The week starts out calmly, thanks to high pressure being close to the area. That will lead to more sunshine and less wind than we saw this past weekend.

Highs Monday reach the 60s in the mountains and lower 70s elsewhere.

High temperature forecast for Monday, 3/21/2022

As high pressure drifts eastward, the wind shifts out of the south and southeast. That will keep the flow of warm air into the region with similar high temperatures to what we expect Monday.

High temperature forecast for Tuesday, 3/22/2022

Clouds increase throughout the day Tuesday ahead of a powerful storm system.

This storm will produce a multi-day severe weather threat from the Southern Plains Monday to the Deep South Tuesday.

It moves in our direction Wednesday.

Rain is likely, but the severe weather threat is questionable. There’s plenty of wind to support stronger storms, but it comes down to whether or not there’s any instability (thunderstorm fuel). If severe storms do develop, damaging wind gusts would be the main concern. There’s enough spin in the atmosphere to watch for the potential of an isolated tornado.

Rain likely starts out during the morning Wednesday.

Rain and storms likely Wednesday morning

Rain and storms will likely be scattered throughout the afternoon before tapering off later at night into Thursday morning.

Rain and scattered storms possible Wednesday afternoon

We’ll still be quite warm Thursday with most any rain staying east of the area. Eventually, colder air moves in just in time for the weekend. A gusty wind will place snow showers on the west-facing slopes late Saturday into Sunday.

Climate Prediction Center outlook from 3/26 to 3/30

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.