Spring-like pattern continues, strong storms possible late Thursday into Friday

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Periods of rain this week as the mild pattern continues

Mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures will define the rest of the week meteorologically.  There will be periods of rain that will push over the land until at least the early part of next week. Look for the rain to be mainly at night and to be more showery in nature.  The benefit of the rain this week is high as we are now awakening all the tree buds into blooms and the grass is greening up as we head into the middle of March.

There is a new wrinkle to the forecast as the Storm Prediction Center in Norman OK has placed a good portion of the viewing area under the Marginal Risk Category for severe Storms Thursday. The storms are not expected to reach the region until after midnight into Friday but should bring with them brief periods of heavy rain, gusty winds and some hail. The line will move through quickly overnight and be gone by Friday morning but an overnight storm is a very dangerous storm so stay alert and keep the WFXR Weather App at the ready. Friday will be warm, even after the storms.

The normal high temperature for the Roanoke region this time of year is around the middle 50s.  The forecast for the rest of the work week is for highs to be in the upper 60s and even low 70s on Friday.  So far this year we have been above normal each month as far as temps go and this month, we continue that trend.  Over the weekend there will be a drop in the temperatures with Saturday ringing in around the upper 50s and Sunday and Monday check in with highs in the low 50s.  Then another warm patch is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The other aspect of note this week is the overnight low temperatures.  Due to the overcast skies, the warmth from the day gets trapped under the blanket of clouds overnight and we are mild at night as well.  I am forecasting a low of 58° Thursday into Friday, which will be one degree higher than the normal afternoon highs for March 13th.

Keep the rain gear handy, and an isolated thunderstorm is not out of the question this week, but overall, the pattern can be defined as rainy not stormy.

Stay Safe.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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