Winter-like air settles in for beginning of week

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Cold dry air has settled into Southwest Virginia for the beginning of the week.

An Arctic high pressure is building into the East Coast, resulting in a quiet and chilly weather pattern. Winds will decrease throughout the morning hours in Southwest Virginia, but it will be cold outside.

Despite the mostly sunny skies for Monday, high temperatures will range from the upper 30s east of the Blue Ridge Parkway and lower 30s/upper 20s west. If you’re planning on volunteering for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, remember to bundle up and stay warm!

The winter-like air will hang around for next few days as the area of high pressure moves in from the north. Morning lows for Tuesday morning will be in the 20s and teens. The Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia and Southside will experience afternoon temperatures in the mid 30s/low 40s, and the NRV and Alleghany Highlands can expect low to mid 30s.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer as we head into the later half on the week. More 40s return to the region for Wednesday and high temperatures in the 50s are possible for Friday afternoon. The fair and chilly weather continues will mainly clear skies until Friday.

A system will approach the region as we approach the weekend. Clouds will increase Friday and we could see the potential for rain late in the day and into Saturday. With some of the cold air in place, we could see some snow showers in the mountains of the Alleghany Highlands. The system will move toward the east and partial clearing occurs for Sunday.

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