Fire danger remains high Wednesday; Alert Day issued for Thursday storms

A cold front moves through Thursday with a line of showers and isolated severe storms
Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 5:24 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2022 at 8:52 PM EDT
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  • Dry conditions with high fire danger
  • Temperatures climb on Wednesday
  • Weather Alert Day: Thursday

THIS EVENING

Winds have turn light or diminished but the ground and air remain extremely dry. This means the fire danger is also extremely high. Fire crews from around the Roanoke Valley along with the Virginia Department of Forestry have been battling a brush fire on Fort Lewis Mountain Tuesday. Drone video from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue (below) shows the extent of the fire.

Residents around and especially north of the fire can expect to see and smell smoke overnight. An warm front will keep clouds around with only a stray shower chance in the mountains during the night. Temperatures will slip to the upper 30s.

Some great video from Drone 3 and pilot Lt. S. Lacy from the Havens fire earlier today. This was at a point when the fire was “crowning” which means it was in the tree tops.

Posted by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

WEDNESDAY

Temperatures slowly warm up by Wednesday with highs around 60°. We remain dry through midweek.

WEATHER ALERT DAY - THURSDAY

Another powerful cold front stretches from Canada to the Gulf by the middle of the week. Another severe weather outbreak is setting up for the Plains and Deep South through midweek. By Thursday, the line of showers and storms makes its way into our region.

SPC Outlook for Thursday.
SPC Outlook for Thursday.(WDBJ Weather)

The line is expected to enter the NRV by mid-morning Thursday, followed by the Roanoke Valley around midday. Finally, the line moves to Lynchburg and Danville by the middle of the afternoon.

IMPACTTIMINGLOCATION
Line of moderate/heavy rainThursday morning until early eveningAll locations see rain (moves west to east)
Strong stormsThursday afternoon into early eveningMainly along/east of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Slight Severe Risk (Level 2/5)All day ThursdayCentral VA and Southside
A line of showers and storms are expected to move through the area Thursday morning through...
A line of showers and storms are expected to move through the area Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.(WDBJ7)