ROANOKE, Va. – It’s been one of the warmest Marches on record so far, which makes the cold quite the shock to the system. Sunday’s high temperatures mostly reach the 40s despite sunshine.
A harsh, wintry wind will gust between 30 and 40 mph Sunday. This, combined with lower humidity levels, will lead to a threat for brush fires. (This is also the case Monday.)
As the wind drops off a bit into Monday morning, temperatures tank into the 20s. If you’ve done any early-season planting, make sure to cover things up or bring them in.
We stay unseasonably cold and windy Monday. By Tuesday, a warm front pushes closer to the region, and that may trigger a few evening showers. Otherwise, we’re cold and dry.
Once that front lifts north, we’ll turn windy and warmer Wednesday. However, there’s a big dip in the jet stream east of the Rockies.
That will help fuel a strong storm system, and therefore, a multi-day severe weather threat. That starts Tuesday in the Plains, continues Wednesday in the Deep South and shifts eastward toward parts of our area Thursday.
It’s possible that a line of intense storms farther south robs us of the energy needed for severe weather, but the warmth, moisture and wind are all there to create at least the potential.
The timing is still up in the air as of Sunday morning, so make sure you have our app downloaded for updates.