Welcome to Sunday!

We’ll see a good amount of sunshine over much of the region. Clouds may linger into the morning in the Highlands and the western slopes during the morning.

Highs will range from the 40s and 50s in the mountains to the lower and middle 60s further east.

The big story of the day will be gusty winds which will be increasing during the morning and lasting into the afternoon out of the west and northwest to 10-25 mph with gusts in the 30-35 mph range.

This will increase the risk of wildfires across the area as dry conditions, lower humidity and gusty winds will make for prime conditions for the spread of fires. Remember, the 4 p.m. Burn Law is active through the end of this month which prohibits burning of any kind until after 4 p.m. Even then, breezy conditions will persist through the afternoon and into the evening, so try and put off any burning until conditions improve.

On Sunday night, skies will remain on the clear side and yes, those winds will lessen during the evening.

Lows will range in the 20s and 30s across the area.

For Monday, we’re looking dry with a mix of clouds and sunshine expected with more clouds during the afternoon. That’s one model (GFS) which can be seen below. This is the one I’m more in agreement with.

Another model (our in-house) is showing rain coming into the Highlands during the morning and lingering into the afternoon. It even drops some rain along the Route 460 corridor.

Highs will be a bit warmer as we expect 50s and 60s across the region.

Clouds will increase on Tuesday with a good bet that rain will develop during the day with highs topping out in the 60s and 70s. Both models agree on Tuesday’s rain. Below, is our in-house model.

Some rain could linger early on Wednesday but by the afternoon, we should have some sunshine across the area as highs climb into the 70s – maybe even near 80 for locations east of the Blue Ridge.

A quick-moving cold front could bring some showers, even a few thunderstorms to the area on Thursday but we’ll likely clear out as the day progresses with highs in the 60s and 70s.

We’re looking cooler as we head into next weekend and gusty winds are likely to return with highs in the 50s and 60s on Friday and into Saturday.

So again, please be careful today with the gusty winds. Don’t be careless with smoking materials. Dispose of them properly as any spark could create big problems with brush/wildfires.

Enjoy the day!

Gary Boyer