March comes in like a tame lion as chilly rain settles into the region

A chilly rain develops Friday afternoon into the night

ROANOKE, Va. – Welcome to March, and welcome to Meteorological Spring! This winter (December-February) was one of the warmest on record in the Roanoke Valley.

We can and do see snow in March, but we don’t expect any snow within the first week of the new month.

A cold rain develops from south to north Friday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will mostly be in the 40s while it’s raining - good napping weather!

Here is an hour-by-hour breakdown of rain chances for Friday, 3/1/2024.

Most of the rain is out of here late Saturday morning, though a few showers may linger north of the Roanoke Valley.

A few showers linger Saturday morning before drying out the rest of the day.

We exchange that for a little milder air. Saturday’s high temperatures reach about 55 to 60 degrees, while Sunday afternoon’s temperatures get a little bit of a nudge.

Here is a look at the weekend forecast for 3/2 and 3/3/2024.

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This is a sign of things to come, as a southwest breeze continues to usher in warmer air early next week.

Warmer air arrives early next week ahead of mid-week rain chances.

Rain is likely to arrive Wednesday into next Thursday.

Despite that, we’ll hold onto mild air. Above average temperatures are expected across much of the Eastern U.S. through the first week or March.

Temperatures look slightly above average throughout the first week of March 2024.

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.

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