Stuck on repeat: keeping Monday’s weather trends

The pattern lasts until Wednesday

ROANOKE, Va. – Monday started a pattern of windy afternoons, cloudy skies, isolated showers, mountain snow, and below average temperatures that continues right through Tuesday. Most factors you noticed at the start of the work week stick around through the middle of it.

Wind gusts to 30 mph keep Tuesday afternoon just as busy as Monday

Wind picks up to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph rather consistently. Winds can climb slightly higher on Wednesday, but for most the pattern holds.

Clouds are widespread in the afternoon with only a few showers

Showers are concentrated north much of Tuesday. Some of the wet weather sinks further south in the late afternoon and early evening, but today is pretty dry,

Showers are more widespread by noon on Wednesday

Showers spread out more on Wednesday while staying light. Accumulations stay to a few tenths of an inch. Showers spread further east into the relatively dry Lynchburg and Southside zones.

One consistent feature of the week that only affects a small but important area is the late season snowfall.

Snow can reach higher than 6 inches in some spots

By the start of May snow is usually done, but cold air over the Great Lakes is lining up just right to keep wet weather around. The cooler mountain air allows the system to fall as snow, and since it’s so consistent that snow can build to a number of inches for the weeklong total.

Temperatures slowly but steadily rise to above average temperatures by next week

Temperatures start improving Thursday and continue through the week ahead. As our pattern changes cold air has a hard time reaching us. Highs are close to average for the end of the week and above average as we start the next.


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Marshall Downing presents the weather Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM, and you can see him during the week at 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

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