BIG warm-up! Weather in late-spring form Thursday, Friday

High temperatures reach the 70s and 80s Thursday and Friday afternoons

ROANOKE, Va. – March has been cooler than February so far, but don’t tell that to Thursday and Friday.

A front north of the area, plus a wind coming down the mountains, will be the recipe for late-spring warmth Thursday afternoon.

High temperature forecast for Thursday, 3/23/2023

That front tries to pinch southward Friday. That, in tandem with warmth and a little dose of humidity, will spark isolated showers and rumbles of thunder.

Warmth and isolated showers/storms develop Friday

Despite that, expect high temperatures to be in the 70s north and 80s in the Roanoke Valley and Southside. These temperatures will drop from north to south during the afternoon and into the evening.

High temperature forecast for Friday, 3/24/2023

A strong storm system produces severe weather from the Southern Plains to the Tennessee River Valley Thursday and Friday.

That same system will bring a line of gusty rain and rumbles of thunder Saturday morning.

Rain moves in Saturday morning

Once that line leaves, the only energy left in the atmosphere will be enough to spark isolated showers and storms later in the day Saturday.

Isolated storms continue late Saturday afternoon

High temperatures will be in the 70s. Humidity levels drop late Saturday into Sunday, making Sunday an absolutely beautiful day.

Weekend forecast for 3/25 and 3/26/2023

Isolated showers will be possible then Monday and Tuesday before turning cooler.

Turning cooler at times heading into next week

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About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.