The cold, winter-like air remains in place as we head into the middle of the week.
An area of high pressure to the west continues to make its way toward Southwest Virginia. This high pressure system is causing cold air from the north to flow into the region. Temperatures will start off in the low 20s and teens for Tuesday morning with portions of the Alleghany Highlands feeling temperatures in the single digits! Mainly clear skies are also a result of this high pressure system, so plenty of sunshine is expected for Tuesday. Afternoon highs will be in the 30s with more locations warming above the freezing mark.
As the area of high pressure moves over Southwest Virginia for Wednesday, temperatures will be a few degrees warmer. Morning temperatures will be in the upper teens and mid 20s. Temperatures will warm up into the 40s for Wednesday and Thursday. A few clouds will begin to move into the area for Thursday, but we’ll see a few locations make it close to the 50 degree mark.
A slight cool down is in the forecast for Friday, and we’re looking at our next system to move through the region. Clouds will keep temperatures in the mid to low 40s for the afternoon. Rain showers will begin to develop late in the afternoon and continue into the evening. There could even be some mountain snow late Friday and into Saturday.
This system will pass to our east on Saturday. While much of the Roanoke Valley and areas at lower elevations will generally see rain, portions of the Alleghany Highlands will see the chance for mountain snow. It’s possible we could see up to an inch of snow in portions of Highland, Bath, and Pocahontas counties. A wintry mix of rain and snow is possible in the NRV and even spots in the Roanoke Valley, but accumulation isn’t expected or will be light.
Winds will pick up Saturday night and into Sunday, causing a mixture of clouds and sunshine to end the weekend.