Dear wind, You’re not funny. Quit the April Fools joke

Wind keeps crankin’ at times throughout our Friday

Peak wind gust forecast for Friday, April 1, 2022

ROANOKE, Va. – March and April are (on average) the windiest months out of the year. March 2022 certainly proved to be that way, and April is getting a head start Friday.

Wind gusts will reach 30 to 40 mph once again between about 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Wind speed and wind gust forecast for Friday, April 1, 2022

Make sure to weigh down any empty trash cans, hanging baskets, trampolines, basketball nets, etc.

Contrary to Thursday’s gusty wind, the wind Friday is coming out of the west and northwest. This means we’ll turn much cooler with highs mainly in the 50s.

High temperature forecast for Friday, April 1, 2022

As the wind finally dies down overnight into Saturday, temperatures will crash. We awaken to temperatures in the 20s and 30s first thing Saturday morning.

Overnight lows heading into Saturday morning, April 2, 2022

This is a good reminder that our average first freeze doesn’t happen until mid-to-late April. There is still plenty of room for a few cold snaps this month.

Average last freeze dates

Each afternoon this weekend will feature near-average temperatures. Highs reach the 50s in the mountains and 60s elsewhere. The only wrinkle in the weekend is more clouds late Saturday into early Sunday along with a few showers.

Weekend forecast for the first weekend in April - 2022

The best chance for rain moving forward arrives late Tuesday into Wednesday of next week, as an area of low pressure glides in from the Gulf.

Next best chance of rain moves in late Tuesday into early Wednesday

Another batch of showers arrives Thursday before cooler air sneaks in.


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.