Besides one mid-week rain chance, relatively dry pattern in store

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Last week’s rain is now a memory and it’s time to enjoy more dry weather this upcoming week…for the most part.

Sunday will be a great day to get outside, but you’ll want to grab a jacket. Even with highs in the lower-to-mid 50s in the metros, it likely won’t be quite enough to go without a jacket.

President’s Day on Monday we should see a bit more sunshine before clouds start to move in during the late-afternoon and evening hours ahead of our one-and-only chance for rain this week.

Yes, we can expect rain (moreso just scattered showers) developing during the afternoon on Tuesday, lasting through the evening and into the morning hours Wednesday. Rainfall amounts are not expected to be significant. Maybe a quarter of an inch at worst.

We’ll dry out for the rest of the week and through next weekend.

President’s Day will be fairly mild with temperatures in the lower-to-mid 50s.

We’ll climb a few degrees on Tuesday in the mid-to-upper 50s in most areas.

A slight cool-down is in the cards for Wednesday, but we’ll drop off into the lower-to-middle 40s on both Thursday and Friday before warming back up into the 50s into next weekend.

As a side note, we are historically into our snowiest time of year.

In recent memory (over the last 20 years), the second half of February has brought our region quite a bit of snow.

On this day in 2015, Roanoke say 7.5″ of snow One year later, on 2/15/16, we saw another 7+” of snow that fell and on 2/19/12, we saw nearly a half-foot of snow that fell.

Are models hinting at something we should be concerned with through the end of the month of February? Not according to the GFS. As of Monday, Feb. 24th, we look dry.

The EURO is also looking to keep us out of snow risks toward the end of the month as well.

Does this mean our snow season is looking like it’s over?

Not by any means.

Anyone remember mid-March of 1993?

Some parts of the area saw in upwards of two feet of snow. While that was a very rare late-season snow, it can happen, so snow-lovers, don’t pout quite yet. We’ve still got five full weeks of winter to go!

Tune in tonight for a full update on your forecast on WFXR News First at Ten!

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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