ROANOKE, Va. – A strong to severe storm line moves through the area in the early hours of Thursday. Behind that, we will get another boost from light rain as our actual cold front passes through the region. After it moves, the wind will really start rising.
That is why most of us are under Wind Advisory (see chart above) from 10am Thursday to 8pm. Thursday. Wind speed, sustained, will be anywhere from 15 to 30 mph, but gusts can reach up to 45 mph. (Some higher mountains can see gusts of up to 55 mph.)
Given the saturated soil, winds like this can uproot some trees and make a power cut. Be sure to weigh empty trash cans, trampolines and basketball nets. You might also want to consider taking a hanging basket or wind chimes indoors.
Wind, though not as strong as night, will still be a factor once you enter cold air. Cold winds will descend into their 20s for people near and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday morning.
In addition, we will even feel the mountain snow overnight. Most of this will accumulate on the slope facing west. However, we can see some spilling into parts of the New River Valley.
We will maintain the atmosphere of February through Good Friday, despite the sunny and sunny weather. High temperatures only go into the 50s for most areas, with 30s expected at night. If the wind is calm enough, we can see some areas of frost developing on Saturday mornings.
Come Easter Sunday, we will trace a strong area of low pressure emerging from the Gulf of Mexico. We might start a dry day, but see rain increasing from south to north throughout the day. As this system gets closer, we will see heavy rain developing late into the night until Monday morning.
Severe storms are also not out of the question, so make sure you stay abreast of developments over the coming days.
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