ROANOKE, Va. – High pressure continues to be the main source of our weather the next 2-3 days, resulting in (yet again) dry weather. The umbrella collects dust Tuesday, as sunshine fills the air and lifts afternoon temperatures into the 60s.
Frost will be patchy - if not likely - Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We won’t be cold enough for it Friday.
This comes as we track a cold front coming in from the west. At the same time, a potential tropical system will be off the East Coast. Recent forecast data shows this late-season storm gobbling up a lot of the moisture that we need.
This results in minimal rain totals late Friday into Friday night.
Once the front passes east, we’ll turn breezy, dry and cooler for the weekend. As if the threat for brush fires wasn’t high enough, it could increase given the drop in humidity and rise in wind this weekend.
Ahead of Thanksgiving, most forecast data shows a storm system riding along the Southern U.S. There are indications that we see rain in the late Tuesday/early Wednesday time frame. How much, however, has yet to be determined.
This is at least a brighter glimmer of hope for an area in desperate need of rain. When the jet stream (winds at airplane level) dips southward, that tends to favor more storms in the Eastern U.S.
This is typical of an El Niño pattern, which should hopefully help us chip away at the drought in the coming weeks and months.