Today we hit the 80° mark in both Lynchburg and Roanoke, as well as a few other locations. We have gone 136 days between seeing the mercury in the thermometer hit the 80s.

As for the forecast, this forecast period will be defined by a few factors: wind, rain, and temperature.  Pretty much every forecast is defined by various parameters or elements, but some are more prominent than others for a given time period. 

This time period will be unseasonably warm with temperatures well above normal.

This time period will be breezy to windy at times.

This time period will see off-and-on rain showers with a chance for an isolated thunderstorm, although unlikely.

So as we close out the first week of Spring we will be feeling more like summer as highs reach the 80s over the Piedmont and Roanoke Valley.

The rainy pattern will stay mainly north until Saturday when a line of showers pushes through the commonwealth from west to east. This will happen before noon, so the rest of the day will see a few lingering showers along with some clearing.

Sunday will be dry and slightly cooler but temps still top out above normal by around 5 – 7 degrees.

Temperatures return to normal and even a bit below next week.

Stay Safe
John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist