Record cold this morning as arctic air set in for the night. Temperature readings were in the teens and even a few single digits, with a bit of a breeze. The wind chill values dipped below zero at times in the higher elevated locations and were mainly in the single digits west of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Sunny skies today did help a bit to get the mercury in the thermometer into the 30s, but not much more than that. Winds have relaxed today so the wind chill values are not going to be a factor tonight. The cold air will though as we will once again see teens and 20s.
Just to give you a frame of reference on how cold it was today in Virginia, at 7 am this morning the temperature was 19 degrees at the Roanoke Regional Airport… in Anchorage Alaska at 7 am it was 31. Just saying.
As for the forecast, look forward to more cool conditions tonight and a slight warm up into the 40s on Thursday. There will be a storm brewing along the SE coast Thursday afternoon that will migrate northeast along the shoreline. This storm will be close enough to throw some rain our way Thursday night into Friday morning. The only spots that are in line for the rain will be in the Piedmont so if you live west of the Blue Ridge Parkway you will stay dry. The rain will end by mid morning Friday then we begin another stretch of dry and chilly weather.
Highs on Friday will be in the low 50s, then only reaching the upper 40s Saturday and Sunday under mostly sunny skies.