The gray and dreary period over that has been with us since Monday has been replaced by sunshine. The issue with the day is the cold air that will be in place for a day or so. Looking at the past several weeks the region has been relatively mild this winter recording only 2 days with temps in the teens and only 7 days in the 20s (Roanoke Regional Reporting Station). That will change tonight at the mercury in the thermometer is expected to drop in the teens and single digits a lot of locations. Good news is that there will be little wind to contend with so our wind chill values will not be much different than our actual temperatures. Clear and cold will define our weather pattern tonight and Saturday.
Saturday will start out sunny and stay that way. The clear skies overnight will allow any heat gained Friday to radiate away so I am expecting one of the coldest mornings this year with temps on the bitter side. The sunshine will do little to get the mercury to rise much in the thermometer as highs will only get into the low 40s east of the mountains and the upper 30s in the hills. That technically is not all that cold for February, but since we have been so mild this season, it is a bit of a shock to the system. Sunshine does help make us seem a bit warmer.
Sunday should be back into the mild zone as temperatures rise into the 50s again. The cold snap of Friday and Saturday will be quickly forgotten as the sun and warmth take over. A few clouds are expected to arrive late in the day but for the most part the day will be pleasant and dry.
Monday will once again give us the potential for milder conditions as temperature readings will be in the low to middle 50s again. A few more clouds fill the skies and there may be a good deal of cloud cover as the day comes to a close as some rain and mountain snow may return to the area on Tuesday.
Tuesday looks to bring back the rain and cloud cover. The timing is usually the biggest issue with longer range forecasting as one of the models has the rain holding off until later Tuesday or even Wednesday. Either way, we are looking at a great weekend so get out and enjoy. Make sure to bundle up if you are taking the pup out for a walk early in the morning Saturday.
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