Pinpoint Weather: Cold pattern in place, milder by Thanksgiving

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The cold pattern that dropped the mercury into the 20s for the past few days and would only allow 40s for highs stays firm one more day. The temps tonight will be in the 20s regionwide along with some teens in the mountains. The winds will be noticeable but not overwhelming but at that location on the thermometer overnight, a stiff breeze may make it feel like the teens or single digits in some of the higher elevated spots. 

The cold air continue to push in from the NW Tuesday so even with a good deal of sunshine, the region will have a tough time getting past the middle 40s.

Don’t expect much of a warm-up Tuesday either as the high-pressure center will still be in a position to our west that will usher in the cold air. More cold weather Tuesday night and we may see wind chills, albeit with only a breeze, in the teens in spots once again.

The good news for the holiday is that we will be into a milder cycle Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday will be dry and a bit milder with highs in the 50s east of the foothills. Plenty of sunshine and light winds will make for a lovely late autumn day. There will be plenty of solar energy as well as the skies will be mostly sunny and dry.

Still crisp overnight into Thanksgiving as the temps will dip to near freezing around sunrise.  The Drumstick Dash is going to be dry, but a bit of an invigorating morning run in the crisp air will be nice, if you like that sort of thing. Skies will be mostly clear. Sunrise is at 7:09 in Roanoke for the Dash.

As for Thanksgiving, there will be noticeably milder conditions as we soar back into the 60s.  There will be a mostly clear start to the holiday, but by the evening I am expecting some clouds to be overtaking the region.

There will be another cold front pushing through late Thursday into Friday and that means some light rain and mountain snow again. The timing of the front now looks to be overnight into Friday morning. As has been the case the past few frontal passages, this one will also be “moisture-starved” so I expect only light rain and mountain snow. Much cooler air arrives Friday along with some brisk winds.

The cold air lingers through the rest of the holiday weekend, but the winds relax.

Stay Safe,
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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