ROANOKE, Va. – A line of showers and storms that produced more than 700 reports of severe weather Friday will get closer to us Saturday morning. That said, it won’t be nearly as strong as it was farther to our west.
A few pockets of heavy rain will be possible as this moves through the area. It will be past us by around 11 a.m.
Once that clears, the big story will be the high wind gusts. Wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph are likely in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands.
These kinds of gusts are capable of producing tree/limb damage, power outages and/or brush fires. We are not expecting tornadoes Saturday.
If you can see past the high wind, Saturday will actually be very warm. Highs mostly reach the 70s to near 80°. Cooler air catches up with us Sunday. While we’ll still be breezy, the wind won’t be quite as strong.
A few morning showers will be around Monday, but the general trend early in the week will be for things to turn warmer.
The front in the map above stalls south of us, providing a boundary for more frequent storm systems to come in. This sets us up with cooler and (potentially) wetter weather at times from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.
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