Pinpoint Weather: Becoming cloudy today with a slight chance for a shower

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This weekend will be a quiet weekend for the most part as the region looks to be on the cooler than normal side. There will some light winds arriving from the west that may push the temps near normal in Roanoke (normal is 68°), but I do believe they will fall short by a degree or two.

There will be a mixture of clouds and sunshine and the overall pattern will be benign. A few models try to bring in a passing shower both Saturday and Sunday, but if it does sprinkle, it will be of little consequence.

Enjoy the weekend, it should be great for outdoor walks, hikes or bike rides, but make sure to wear a nice spring jacket. Hit one of the area lakes too.

Sunday will see some clouds arrive late in the day, and some spotty rain is forecast on this model run. We will see if it holds up, other models are indicating only clouds. Keep the umbrella handy just in case.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with a better chance for some rain to arrive. The rain will be light and regarded generally as soaking spring rain. The April showers will help during the growing season so it is what we expect this time of year. Temperatures will still be on the lower side of normal, but not by much.

Tuesday should see a mixture of clouds and sunshine and the temperature readings will be closer to 70. Clouds arrive late in the day in anticipation of the showers slated for the middle of the week.
Wednesday will be rainy and brisk with the winds arriving from the northwest as the temps dip a few degrees from the 70s on Tuesday to the low 60s. Some indications are that the mountains may see a flake or two, that will not be a surprise as temps along the ridges may be near the low 30s overnight into Thursday. A few frost or freeze products may be warranted for Thursday morning in the region east of the foothills that is now officially in the growing season. The Highlands and western NRV start their growing season in May.

If you are planning to support the American Heart Association today by participating in the heart walk, here is your forecast. It is virtual, so you can do it almost anywhere. But this is the Lynchburg forecast.

FYI: On Friday April 19th 2019 two tornadoes touched down in the viewing area. An EF-3 in Franklin county touched down just north of Oak Level and stayed on the ground for 8 miles and was at peak intensity near Windy Ridge Road just west of Highway 220. Two people were injured, no fatalities but damage to three structures and ten outbuildings.

A second tornado touched down near Thaxton and was classified as an EF-1. Several trees snapped off and an outbuilding destroyed.

Stay safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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