Pinpoint Weather: Cold air stays in place for Tuesday, but more sunshine ahead

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — An area of high pressure will build into the Mid-Atlantic for the next few days. While this means a relatively quiet weather pattern for Southwest and Central Virginia, we will have to deal with some temperature changes.

Prepare for a very cold start to Tuesday. Morning temperatures will range from the teens into the 20s. However, breezy winds west of the Blue Ridge will result in wind chills in the single digits. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for western Highland, northwestern Pocahontas, and western Greenbrier counties. This advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday. Gusty winds and cold air will result in wind chills as low as 20 below zero. If you live in these highlighted areas, make sure to bundle up and limit your time outside during these hours.

Despite the plentiful sunshine during the day, high temperatures are only slated to reach the chilly 30s.

By Wednesday morning, temperatures will start in the upper teens and middle 20s. Slightly warmer winds will come from the west and southwest, allowing afternoon temperatures to reach the upper 40s and lower 50s. It will still get pretty cold Wednesday night with overnight lows in the 20s.

Clouds will increase Thursday ahead of a weak cold front. Afternoon temperatures will warm up into the 40s and lower 50s again. There won’t be too much moisture associated with this front. However, there is the chance for snow showers along west-facing slopes Thursday night. Portions of the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands could see some flakes, too, but little to no accumulation is expected.

It will be a bit breezy and slightly cooler for Friday. A mix of sun and clouds will be overhead with afternoon high temperatures reaching the 40s.

The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team is keeping its eyes on the weekend. A storm system will have the chance to impact Southwest Virginia, giving the region the potential for snow late Saturday into Sunday morning. Cold air will be in place with highs in the 30s for both Saturday and Sunday. The amount of wintry precipitation is dependent on the track of the system, as well as its strength.

The weekend forecast may change as more model data comes out. More updates will be provided on and on the WFXR News App.

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