March going out like a lion with wind, rain, storms Thursday

Any storm(s) that form will primarily cause localized wind damage, but a tornado cannot be ruled out

Severe weather threat for Thursday, 3/31/2022

ROANOKE, Va. – March may have started calmly, but it is ending with a roar.

A powerful storm system has produced hundreds of reports of severe weather (hail, wind and tornadoes) in the Deep South, Tennessee River Valley and parts of the Plains.

Today, it brings a gusty wind regardless of rain and storms. Rain starts most widespread during the morning.

Hourly rain chances for Thursday, 3/31/2022

Remember to have your headlights no, if your windshield wipers are on.

Storms turn more scattered during the afternoon and early evening hours, but any added warmth could be the fuel to turn these storms severe.

Localized wind damage is the main threat, but there’s enough spin east of the Parkway for a tornado to develop. Localized flooding will be a possibility within some storms that form close to the Parkway as well.

Severe weather threat for Thursday, 3/31/2022

High temperatures reach the 60s and 70s area-wide before falling into the 40s overnight.

High temperature forecast for Thursday, 3/31/2022

We’ll stay windy at times during the day Friday. Cooler air moves back into the picture with highs in the 50s and 60s.

What we're tracking for the first day of April - 2022

As the wind dies down, temperatures fall into the 20s and 30s first thing Saturday morning with patches of frost possible. A weak disturbance brings a few showers into the mountains late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

What we're tracking for the first weekend of April - 2022

Otherwise, it’ll be a calm start to April with afternoons in the 50s and 60s.

High temperature forecast for the first weekend of April - 2022

Our next shot of rain comes late next Tuesday into next Wednesday.


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.