ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A cold front is slated to move through Southwest and Central Virginia on Friday. While rain showers are possible, it won’t be enough to end the ongoing drought.
The Matts Creek Wildfire continues to produce smoky conditions. Parts of Bedford, Amherst, and Rockbridge counties will see the worst of the smoke. Air Quality levels will range from Moderate to Unhealth. The smoke will become denser during the afternoon and evening hours.
As a reminder, multiple counties have burn bans or burn restrictions in place due to the ongoing drought. Much of Southwest and Central Virginia is under Moderate Drought with Extreme Drought north of I-64. Fires could easily ignite and rapidly spread in dry and breezy conditions.
It will be a dry start to Friday with mostly cloudy skies overhead. A passing cold front will bring rain showers to the region during the evening hours into early Saturday morning. A low-pressure system to the south may steal some of our moisture, limiting rain coverage. This does not look to be a drought buster; rainfall totals will generally be less than 0.25″.
Once the showers exit the region early Saturday morning, the weekend will turn drier and slightly cooler. Skies will clear on Saturday with wind gusts up to 25 mph possible. High temperatures will be in the 50s. Expect mostly sunny skies and lighter winds on Sunday with morning lows in the 30s and afternoon highs in the 50s.
Monday will be cooler with afternoon temperatures in the 50s under increasing clouds. A storm system is slated to bring scattered showers through Southwest and Central Virginia on Tuesday. This could be a decent rain event for the region.
A few showers may linger into Wednesday with winds picking up at times. Otherwise, the region is looking mostly dry and chilly as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. High temperatures will be in the 40s on Thursday.