A cold front has moved through and provided a little bit of light rain and a little bit of snow to the mountains. The main result of the front was not the little bit of snow or rain but the chilly pattern that is now setting up in the region. The cold air behind the front combined with the dry air is expected to drop the temps below freezing tonight throughout the viewing area. The Highlands and NRV will be the chilliest with some locations in the mountains dipping into the upper teens. The Piedmont and Roanoke Valleys will be in the 20s. The winds will be relaxed so there is not much use in discussing the wind chill factor. It will be chilly enough on its own. This should be the coldest night of the fall season tonight.
But here are the wind chill values, some of the mountain regions will be in the single digit feels like zone for a short period.
Wednesday’s highs will only reach the upper 40s to low 50s as the cold pocket of air remains in place. The solar energy will give us some bit of warmth as it always feels good to sit in the sun on a chilly day. This cold snap will not last very long as the region is slated to warm up several degrees on Thursday and a few more on Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s on Thursday and near 70 over the weekend. No rain is on the docket until at least Monday.
As for the tropics, Iota has moved across Nicaragua and pushing into southern Honduras then on to El Salvador. The cyclone is losing energy over the mountains of Central America but not before dropping 10 – 20” of rain on the already devastated landscape. If you recall, Eta moved through the exact same region only two weeks ago. Catastrophic results occurred with Eta and since the surface is already demolished in some locations, the introduction of Iota will be even more catastrophic impacts. Landslides and flooding will be the main destructive events in the region.
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For those who are doing the virtual Drumstick Dash (for more information check out the story here on our website) this is the forecast for Danville Wednesday.