Pinpoint Weather: Rain may cause travel trouble tonight, dry weather for Thanksgiving

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Rain expected overnight with gusty winds at times, Thanksgiving will be dry and mild

Once again, the rain that will move through the Commonwealth will be overnight and taper off by the early morning hours of Thanksgiving. If you are making any travel plans late today you may want to get a head start as the rain could generate a bit of a snarl on area roads.

We may see some gusty winds in the NRV, although not all models are calling for the wind, it would be wise to keep that in the back of your mind. Traveling on the interstates may be tricky as some of the big rig trucks, as well as RV’s, may get jostled around in the wind. Interstate 77 always seems to be the focal point for gusty winds over the Blue Ridge Plateau, so stay alert.

The rain may be heavy at times after midnight as the front will cross the area in darkness. The region north of 64 may see over a half an inch of rain, while most locations are looking at about a quarter inch.  Best news is the rain should be over by early Thursday.  Travel to Grandmother’s house for the Thanksgiving Day feast should not pose much of a problem.

Temps on Thanksgiving will be in the middle to upper 60s most spots as a warm migration of air arrives from the south and west. Temps may spike into the 70s in some of our Piedmont locations as well as the Roanoke area so a mild Thanksgiving is expected

Friday will be a bit cooler with the temps in the low 60s but still looking forward to mostly sunny skies. Saturday should be the same, but just a bit cooler.

Sunday should be another nice day but the clouds will move in as the day moves along as mostly cloudy skies will define the afternoon. Monday will be a bit rough as an area of low pressure is going to move overhead. The rain and wind will be on the aggressive side and we may even hear the rumble of thunder from time to time.  Winds on the back end or the exiting side of the low will usher in much cooler air for Tuesday. Mountain snow will arrive Tuesday and have to be plowed as a couple inches are likely to accumulate.  The snow will continue into fall into Wednesday so travel will be troublesome Wednesday morning. Just how far east the snowflakes will fly is a tough question. Right now, the snow will stay in the mountains, be we may see a wintry mix of rain and snow on Tuesday east of the Foothills.  Well down the road, but I will be monitoring this closely as we may be in line for our first bit of snow this season east of the mountains.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Stay safe and healthy,

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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