ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Colder air is filtering into Southwest Virginia following last night’s rain.
Temperatures will be in the 30s and 20s by sunrise Monday. Some patches of ice are possible during the early morning commute, so use caution when heading out the door. Skies will become mostly sunny with winds picking up at times. Afternoon temperatures will reach the upper 20s and lower 30s in the mountains and upper 30s and lower 40s elsewhere. Winds will calm down overnight. The clear skies and lighter winds will allow overnight temperatures to fall into the frigid teens.
A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for western Highland, northwestern Pocahontas, and western Greenbrier counties. This advisory will go into effect from 7 p.m. Monday 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.
Mainly dry weather is expected for much of the week as high pressure takes control. However, this high pressure system will keep Southwest Virginia cold for Tuesday. More sunshine is in the forecast, but high temperatures are anticipated to reach the 30s again. Overnight lows will be in the teens and lower 20s.
As the high pressure system moves offshore, winds will shift and come from the west and southwest. This will allow for milder temperatures for the middle of the week. Highs are expected to warm up into the 40s and 50s for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Skies will be variably cloudy each day.
The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team is keeping its eyes on the weekend. A storm system will have the chance to impact Southwest Virginia Saturday. We could see the potential for snow late Saturday into early Sunday morning. This is dependent on the track of the system, as well as the strength of the storm system. The weekend forecast may change as more model data comes out.