After quite a long run of cold and wintry weather we are finally going to get a little taste of Spring. The rain and colder pattern will be coming to a close before the end of the day as the line of showers moves east. The pattern quickly shifts to a much drier and milder one with highs in the 50s and 60s. The winds will be coming in from the west so we may see several locations hitting the mid-60s both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday will be a mostly sunny day with the winds noticeably coming in off the Appalachians. The winds will help to do a couple things, first they will help dry us out and then will also be warming us up. The winds from the west tend to warm the air up a bit as the molecules mash together coming down the east face of the mountains. This compression of the molecules generates a bit of friction and warmer air results. Not much warmer mind you but a bit warmer. The models are calling for low 60s tomorrow, but I would not be surprise to see mid-60s.
Wednesday will be much warmer as well and the potential for a good deal of sunshine exists. There will be a nice area of high pressure overhead and that should give us a good deal of solar energy and warmth. This may be the mildest day of the year, although we did spike to 63 on February 9th in Roanoke. Don’t get too used to the mild pattern as we are expecting another cold front late Wednesday into Thursday, but little to now moisture is available. Cooler air arrives for Thursday but not bitter cold, just temps around the upper 40s to low 50s.
Thursday will be a bit cooler as mentioned and also a bit cloudy, but not much in the way of rain is in the cards. Then Friday will be a day with more clouds ahead of some wet weather over the weekend. Rain is slated for both Saturday and Sunday but it should be mild enough to be in the form of all rain. Mountain snow is still a possibility, but not much accumulation is expected.