Winds return Friday along with mild, January air

Quiet weather pattern sets up into the weekend
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 3:40 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 8:57 PM EST
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  • Blustery conditions return Friday afternoon
  • Seasonably warm weekend expected
  • Monday rain could start wintry for some


We start out Friday with partly cloudy skies before the gusty winds kick back in. Winds will turn gusty first in the higher elevations of the Highlands in the morning, then expand east by lunchtime. The strongest gusts should be wrapping up by early evening.


Aside from the wind, look for a mix of clouds and sun with highs nearing 50° in many areas. 40s in the NRV.

Gusty winds return Friday afternoon reaching 20-40mph at times.
Gusty winds return Friday afternoon reaching 20-40mph at times.(WDBJ)


Mother Nature is pulling through with a good-looking weekend forecast. We’ll start out Saturday with increasing sunshine and slightly cooler highs in the low 40s.

We should see a lot of sunshine this weekend with highs in the 40s.
We should see a lot of sunshine this weekend with highs in the 40s.(WDBJ)


MONDAY: After a dry stretch, the weather turns much more active next week. A storm moving out of the deep south toward the northeast will cross the area Monday into Monday night. Models have been trending wetter with Monday’s storm. However, there’s a chance the event may begin as a wintry mix early Monday before transitioning over to a cold rain.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: After Monday’s soaker, we dry out for a day or so, but the active pattern remains in place. Clouds quickly enter Wednesday and depending on the timing, we could have another storm entering late next week.

THURSDAY: Models are suggesting a significant low pressure system may develop, pushing moisture into the area. While there’s still plenty of time for things to change, several reliable models are hinting at the potential for a significant winter weather event.

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Our meteorologists at WDBJ7 Weather are keeping an eye on a few storms next week. One looks wet and the other potentially wintry. Get updates anytime here:

Posted by WDBJ7 on Thursday, January 21, 2021