Strong storm system to bring better chance of rain, storms Thursday

We’ll follow it up with strong wind gusts Friday and Saturday.

ROANOKE, Va. – We’re tracking a storm system that will bring the chance of a severe weather outbreak to the Deep South/Gulf Coast Wednesday.

Storm Prediction Center outlook for Wednesday, 4/10/2024

This will gobble up a lot of the energy needed for rain locally, leaving us with isolated rain showers at best.

The chance for rain starts to go up Thursday, and it comes in waves.

Some stronger storms will be possible during the evening, but that’s conditional. It depends on how much instability (warmth and humidity at the surface) is available after prior rounds of rain.

Storm Prediction Center outlook for Thursday, 4/11/2024

Some rounds of rain will be around at the bus stop Thursday, and they’ll also be around at lunch time.

Rounds of rain will move through the area Thursday

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If we can get enough instability, thunderstorms would ride southwest to northeast between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday. Localized wind damage would be the main thing to watch for in any stronger cell that develops.

There's the possibility for a few stronger storms between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday.

Once this front passes, we’ll have isolated showers around Friday. The wind will be the bigger story.

Gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be possible in the Roanoke Valley and along the Southern Blue Ridge. The wind will stay gusty into Saturday before backing off a little bit Sunday.

Strong wind gusts will linger Friday and Saturday

The wind Sunday, however, comes down the mountains and warms us up. This kicks off a warming trend that will last us into much of next week.

Temperatures climb this weekend into next week

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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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