ROANOKE, Va. – Saturday is the one wintry day we have for the rest of the month. Temperatures end up below average thanks to thick clouds preventing sunshine from getting to us.
Those clouds develop rain early in the day. Showers start around sunrise with isolated pieces of rain. Just a few hours later those showers are more widespread.
Temperatures are cold enough in the morning for a wintry mix to form in the Highlands and Roanoke zones. Showers are consistently liquid south of US-460. Even with wider coverage in the late morning the showers are light enough that you can get outside if you need to.
Showers concentrate south in the early afternoon. We start drying from north to south; most of us are done with rain by 4:00 PM.
Clouds stick around for a few hours after the rain is done, but after 8:00 PM skies are a mix of clear skies and clouds.
Rain totals are low today for all of us, but towns in the north and west have the best chance of getting more than a quarter-inch.
Friday night sent cold air our direction so lows ended up in the 30s. The cloudy skies restrict our temperatures; most highs end up in the 40s. This is the one cool day we have through the end of February and the start of March. We are back above average starting next week.
High temperatures feel like spring even though we have a few weeks left of winter. Days ahead with sunshine or clouds still reach well above average.