ROANOKE, Va. – The polar vortex is here and we’re shivering on this first Saturday morning of February. Many areas have seen temperatures bottom out in the teens!
While we will warm up this afternoon, it’s still looking like a cold day overall with highs in the low 40s.
For perspective, we’re usually in the upper 40s or low 50s for highs in early February.
If there is some good news to pass along with this forecast, it would be the abundant sunshine and relatively calm winds.
After another cold night with lows in the 20s, temperatures bounce back quickly on Sunday as many areas peak in the 50s for highs.
There will be a storm system passing to our east, which will cause extra clouds and maybe a stray shower in Lynchburg and Southside.
The temperature recovery continues into the new work week as the jet stream lifts to the north.
Temperatures are forecast to peak on Wednesday. We’ll be about 15 degrees above-average by then.
Here’s the five-day temperature trend. Heading to the top of the roller coaster soon!
We could cool down a little bit for the late work week timeframe. The slightly cooler air could be accompanied by rain chances.