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Wind gusts climb along with the temperatures Tuesday

Warm, southwest winds help temperatures soar
Temperatures warm to the low 50s Tuesday.
Temperatures warm to the low 50s Tuesday.(WDBJ)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 3:48 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 11:42 AM EST
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Anticipate winds to increase through the evening as high pressure builds behind today’s cold front. This will also help to scour out the clouds leading to a mainly clear night and a sunny Tuesday. Lows slip to around freezing tonight but the wind will make it feel even cooler.

TUESDAY

Skies remain mostly sunny Tuesday but the bigger concern will be the strong winds which will increase at all locations by late-morning and continue into the afternoon. Gusts could top 20-30 mph in the valleys and upwards of 40 mph in the mountains. The winds will provide a wide array of afternoon temperatures from 40s in the mountains to near 60° in the Piedmont Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY

By the middle of the week, models are trending even warmer with temperatures climbing to the upper 50s and possibly a few 60s by Wednesday. We may indeed be getting a break in the relentless stretch of weekly wintry weather. Enjoy it because models are showing changes for the end of the week.

Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week with highs in the low 60s.
Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week with highs in the low 60s.(WDBJ7)

FRIDAY

The pattern turns more unsettled as we enter the weekend. A stalled front will be draped over the Mid Atlantic. At the same time, several areas of low pressure will move along the front over the weekend, the first arriving late Friday. By Friday night, mainly rain will overspread the region with the slight chance of a mountain mix.

Several waves of rain return to the area Friday through Sunday. A brief wintry mix is possible...
Several waves of rain return to the area Friday through Sunday. A brief wintry mix is possible in the mountains.(WDBJ7)

MORE RAIN THIS WEEKEND

Another disturbance will bring additional rain to the area Saturday afternoon and evening before exiting. The third wave of rain will enter Sunday afternoon with the actual cold front. We’ll begin to dry out early next week.

Total 3-day rainfall totals will likely be in the .50″ to 1″ range.

Rain totals through the weekend will generally be in the .50" to 1" mark.
Rain totals through the weekend will generally be in the .50" to 1" mark.

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