Temperatures are climbing past 70 this afternoon, marking the first time that we’ve seen temperatures above 70 since Halloween. The record highs for today and tomorrow are 77 and 82 respectively, and I don’t see us getting close enough to tie or break those. It’s going to be quite a while until we see these […]
Temperatures are climbing past 70 this afternoon, marking the first time that we’ve seen temperatures above 70 since Halloween. The record highs for today and tomorrow are 77 and 82 respectively, and I don’t see us getting close enough to tie or break those. It’s going to be quite a while until we see these temperatures again after tomorrow, so make sure you get out and enjoy them while you have the opportunity.
Southwest flow from high pressure located off the North Carolina coast is responsible for the above-average temperatures. We’re almost at the high for Monday, and temperatures will drop through the late afternoon and hit an overnight low in the low 50s. Skies will remain partly to mostly clear through the night.
A cold front will approach from the west late on Tuesday. We’ll still see warm temperatures, with highs in the low 70s again, but with increasing clouds later on in the day and into the evening as the system crosses the Appalachians. The front’s passage will bring the possibility for some showers from the late afternoon into the evening and overnight hours until the front passes.
By the time we reach Wednesday, cool, dry air from Canada will fill in behind the cold front, getting rid of the clouds but keeping temperatures much colder than earlier this week. Highs Wednesday will only reach the mid 50s under partly cloudy skies. Lows overnight will reach the low 40s.
Thanksgiving will warm slightly, with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 40s and plenty of clouds in the upper levels of the atmosphere. There’s possibly even the chance for a shower or two, though the possibility remains small. Black Friday gets even trickier, with another strong low pressure system over the Great Lakes and an associated cold front diving the country from north to south. Timing on this system will be key; if it doesn’t reach the area until later on Friday, we could see some warmer temperatures and the possibility of thunderstorm – possibly even some severe – as the front passes. Behind the front, we’ll see some even colder temperatures for next weekend; highs may only top out in the 40s with lows in the upper 20s or low 30s. I’ll have an update on Friday morning about what to expect for your day and the weekend, including the forecast for the Commonwealth Cup game in Blacksburg. Until then, have a happy Thanksgiving!