Wednesday brings 80° warmth to the Roanoke Valley for the first time this year

Southerly breezes will drive the really warm air into Southwest, Central Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. – A typical April morning starts in the 40s for many of us, but there’s nothing typical about our Wednesday morning!

Temperatures are generally running in the 50s and 60s as I type this and the warm air will continue through the midday and afternoon.

Roanoke, Covington and Blacksburg have all missed out on 80° warmth this year, while Lynchburg and Danville have hit or exceeded 80° previously.

Many of you will feel the 80s for the afternoon high.

Wednesday high temperatures (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Part of the reason for the warm-up? Southerly breezes, which will be most noticeable during the afternoon and/or evening.

Here’s a look at the hourly sustained wind and gusts.

Today's wind - hour-by-hour (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

One more thing to tell you about for your Wednesday: small chance of showers west of the Blue Ridge, mainly during the afternoon and/or evening.

While most of us stay dry, don’t be surprised if you feel some sprinkles or a stray shower in places like Roanoke, Blacksburg, Covington, etc.

Chance of rain - How it works (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Looking ahead to Thursday, temperatures don’t run quite as warm as a cold front sweeps through the region.

The chance for rain increases to 40%, with some scattered storms possible during the afternoon and/or evening.

Future Tracker - Thursday 3 p.m. (Copyright 2022 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

A storm or two could carry the risk for damaging wind gusts and/or large hail east of the Blue Ridge.

Behind the front, we’re generally dry and cooler into the holiday weekend.

About the Author:

Justin McKee presents the weather forecast on 10 News Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 8 a.m. He also fills in for other meteorologists during the week.