(Picture showing warm temperatures throughout Virignia)
(Image courtesy of tropicaltidbits)
A seemingly spring-like warmth graced itself over the Roanoke and New River Valleys on both Monday and Tuesday. Temperatues soared into the upper 60's on both occasions (20 degrees above the normal monthly average). Much will be the same for Wednesday, as 60 degree temperatures are expected grip the entire region.
The week doesn't look to be moisture-rich by any means, but a tenth of an inch or two of rain isn't out of the question late tonight/early Wednesday morning. A line of showers will swiftly move through the region during the overnight, bringing a potential rumble of thunder or two along with it. After the showers and the warm Wednesday, the spring-ish air will quickly begin to erode as a cold air-mass dives southward from Canada. Thursday and Friday will feature a seasonal feel as temperatures top out in the low to mid 40's. Bone-shivering wind chills will be felt on Thursday, as strong northwest winds help to filter in the crisp, cold air. Make sure to dress warmly for the late week. The weekend will feature a rebound in temperatues with 50's on Saturday and mid 60's on Sunday.
Overall, the traditional "Winter season chill" hasn't had a strong presence thusfar. That doesn't mean we're out of the woods, however, as February has been notoriously snowy over recent years. To close out the blog post, I will mention that there are hints of a storm that may develop over the Gulf of Mexico. This storm, and a potential cold air source, are the ingredients in play for us over the February 15th-17th time frame. Keep your eyes and ears alert as I continue to provide you with updates regarding this period.
Until next time
-Robert Gillespy IV-