Pinpoint Weather: Clearing skies tonight and a much cooler pattern ahead

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The rain associated with a cold front was fairly robust and winds ahead of the line were on the blustery side with gusts near 50 from time to time. Rainfall amounts were close to an inch in some spots and there may have been some minor flooding. For the most part, the rain was what I would refer to as beneficial.  The rain soaked into the parched earth and gave some life to a few parched lawns.  Unfortunately for my petunias, there may not be much rain on the horizon for a while.

There will be a much drier air mass moving into the region behind the front. The air will be dry and significantly cooler than the mid-90s we dealt with Monday. Highs Wednesday and Thursday will be more along the lines of the upper 70s to low 80s.  Normal in Roanoke is 86, so a few days below normal this week.  A weak wedge of cool air will develop from the northeast Thursday, so that may slow down any forecast models for the region.

There will be a shift in the wind patten as we head into Friday as I expect to see a bit more of a southeast flow. That may bring in some moisture from the Atlantic and a mixture of clouds and sunshine will define the day. Low clouds may form along the mountains and a stray shower may fall in the high country.  Other than that, it still looks relatively quiet.

The weekend is when we can expect our next chance for rain. The models are not showing a lot of moisture, but some indications are we may see some showers off and on; both Saturday and Sunday.  At the moment the rain seems to be light and the temperatures seem to be getting back to normal.

Enjoy the cooler pattern, open the windows and save some money on the electric bill.

A wave of energy is brewing on the Atlantic about 500 miles east of the Windward Islands and a bit north of South America.  Nothing special at the moment.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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