ROANOKE, Va. – The pattern of warm spells during the week and cold snaps on the weekend continues (pretty unfair if you ask me).
An area of low pressure swirling in the Upper Midwest sends a cool breeze our way Friday.
In addition to that, scattered showers will develop during the afternoon and evening. Cold air above the surface could allow small hailstones or graupel (cool drops melted on falling snowflakes) to fall.
Make sure you bundle up for the Xfinity Series race in Martinsville. It’ll be in the 50s at the scheduled start time but falling into the 40s.
The same can be said for the Salem Red Sox home opener against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Heading into Saturday, this same area of low pressure will drive a cold wind into the area. Scattered bursts of snow will be possible, especially as you go west of the Parkway.
The only shot of accumulation will be confined to our west-facing slopes, like Whitetop, Quinwood, Snowshoe, Blue Grass/Monterey, etc.
Aside from that four-letter ‘s’ word comes the cold. If the wind calms down enough Sunday and Monday mornings, we’ll see a spring frost develop. If you have plants outside, make sure to cover them up.
After the weekend, however, the pattern pulls a full 180 on us!
High pressure to the east and low pressure to the west will mean a southwest breeze. That will lead to days of warmth with a few stray showers in the mix.
The chance for showers and storms goes up Thursday of next week.