Hazy conditions once again as the region is in the grip of an area of high pressure that is keeping the majority of the cloud cover away from the region. There is a good deal of moisture in the atmosphere but only enough to filter the sunshine. I am not anticipating any rain until at least late Thursday. The other story in the meteorological tale is the warm weather.
Highs will be in the 80s for the first time this year in the Roanoke area. The last 80-degree day was in late October, the 29th to be exact, when the mercury hit 80. I expect to see that once again as the temperature Monday was 78 and the day started out in the middle 40s. Today the morning low was 55 so we already have a good jump on the hitting the mark today.
Clear and dry pattern will continue into the night with temps only dropping into the 50s again. Look for the area to be battling the cloud cover pushing in from the northeast and the front that is arriving from the west.
The battle will be won by the high Wednesday then yield to the front on Thursday. Variably cloudy skies are forecast for Wednesday along with the haze. The warmth, or above normal temps, will continue through the weekend, even with the rain chances. So, enjoy the dry pattern for one more day and a half, the rain arrives on Thursday evening.
Thursday will be the day of transition as the front moves in from the west and the back door front arrives from the northeast. They both will generate some rain but the models are hinting at scattered showers to start late Thursday and linger off and on Friday. Not expecting much in the way of strong storms but we could hear the rumble of thunder late Thursday and again on Friday.
Friday will be interesting as there is a chance for a stagnant situation as the front backing in from the northeast will hold up the advancing cold front in the west. This may allow the western front to rain out a bit more than originally thought, and our area may only get scattered showers and isolated storms through the weekend. I expect that we will need to keep the umbrellas handy, but a washout is not in the picture according to the latest model runs.
So, Saturday will see off and on rain with the better chance for widespread lawn benefiting rains overnight into Sunday.
Bring the rain gear to Martinsville Saturday night for the big race. May see off and on rain throughout the evening. May be a long night, so prepare for a few delays.
The Sunday forecast is looking like a bit of a wet start with some partial clearing into the mid-morning or early afternoon. Again, keep the umbrella handy starting Friday and don’t put it in the stand until late Sunday.
Monday will be a dry day with some peeks of sunshine ahead of more rain slated for Tuesday. Best case scenario is that we salvage a good deal of Sunday and that lingers into Monday before more wet weather arrives in the middle of next week.