Mild sunshine today, but rain returns to the area before the weekend is out

Saturday is the “pick day” of the weekend with highs in the 50s and mostly sunny skies

Weekend forecast (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

ROANOKE, Va. – Happy Saturday and welcome to the weekend! It’s a frosty start to the day as many areas have dropped into the 20s this morning.

Don’t let the cold start fool you, as we’re actually expecting a pretty mild day overall. Temperatures quickly rise into the 50s by afternoon under mostly sunny skies.

Our warmest zone will be Southside and the coolest will be the New River Valley.

Saturday high temperatures (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The wind has been a big story the past two days, but we have good news to pass along! It won’t be nearly as breezy or gusty as Thursday or Friday.

Look for sustained winds out of the west at five to ten miles per hour, with occasional stronger gusts possible.

Today's wind speed and gusts (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

The combination of weaker winds, abundant sunshine and mild afternoon temperatures make today the “pick day” of the weekend!

The weather takes another turn Sunday as a storm system sends clouds and rain our way.

I believe Sunday will be cooler than today, but still too warm for any winter weather to develop.

What we're tracking - Sunday 12 p.m. (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

Some showers could linger into Monday morning, especially close to the NC/VA border.

The weather pattern stays active during the upcoming work week. As it stands now, I think we’ll be tracking storms Tuesday and Thursday.

The forecast models are hinting at enough cold air to squeeze out some snowflakes north on Tuesday. Thursday’s storm is likely to produce a chilly rain for most.

Winter weather risk - Middle of upcoming work week (Copyright 2023 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

We’re also mainly looking at chilly air as we flip the calendar over to February.