WEEKEND FORECAST: Mild air returns once early morning showers exit Saturday

Temperatures reach into the 60s in most areas Sunday through Tuesday

ROANOKE, Va. – March is here, and it came in like a tame lion. A chilly rain continues on a much more scattered scale through about 9 a.m. Saturday. Once that’s over, temperatures will gradually reach into the 50s and lower 60s.

After some patches of fog Sunday morning, we expect a slightly warmer afternoon.

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A warm-up continues into the early portion of the week, when Monday and Tuesday afternoons reach into the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Warmer and wetter weather (at times) is expected in the coming week.

That comes ahead of a system that promises more rain Tuesday night into Wednesday. Some showers may linger into early Thursday morning.

Rain chances rise by the middle of the week.

This, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, is a sign of things to come in the month of March. Their monthly outlook showers warmer and wetter-than-average weather across much of the Eastern U.S.

Here's the March 2024 outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

After one of the warmest winters on record in the Roanoke Valley, we’re noticing some trees budding earlier than usual.

Spring trees are budding early, according to the U.S. Phenology Network.

Pollen levels after Saturday are forecast to go up, thanks (in part) to the warmer weather we’re expecting early in the week.

The latest report from pollen.com shows higher pollen levels are expected this week.

It’s a good idea to plan for your garden at this stage, but we wouldn’t put any plants in the ground just yet. Our average last freeze is still weeks away.

Our average last freeze isn't until mid to late April.

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.