Quiet Pattern starts the short work week
High pressure is in control of the region for the next couple of days and our pattern will be quiet and dry. The mercury in the thermometer is expected to be above normal (which is 55 in Roanoke) until Thanksgiving with highs in the low 60s. Tuesday will be a nice day with some clouds early then a slight chance of rain overnight into Wednesday. The is a bit of a fly in the ointment as Wednesday will bring a chance for some rain and it will become breezy, but for the most part, a quiet pattern. Windy conditions will be an issue with the storm complex that is scheduled for Wednesday. Although the Commonwealth will be on the low side as far as precipitation is concerned, this storm is going to be pretty windy with gusts near 45+ mph at times in some spots.
Thanksgiving looks to be on the dry side as well, with highs in the low 50s. In fact, the rest of the long weekend looks dry until Sunday. Highs over the weekend will be in the middle to lower 50s under partly sunny skies.
Travel issues on Wednesday will be for the Great Lakes as the storm will provide wind and rain south of the Lakes and a good deal of snow to Canada. The western U.S. looks to be dealing with a bit of snow in most locations, while southern New Mexico and west Texas may see some rain. Expect travel delays in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and northern Illinois form the big storm moving through the northern Great Lakes Wednesday.
As for our region, just windy and some pockets of rain are in the forecast for now. All subject to change with each new model run.
John Carroll Chief Meteorologist
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