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Friday 02/05/2016
Posted: February 05, 2016 - 6:45 pm
Some snow Mon-Tues, but doesn't look big for Roanoke/New River valleys

The weekend will be mostly sunny and seasonably cold – 40s highs, 20s lows – but there are some complications, though not likely major impact ones locally, for the week ahead.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Posted: February 04, 2016 - 12:30 am
Cold weather returns ... but will it snow? Probably some

We're back to winter with the passage of a cold front ... but it's not going to be full-blast frigid, at least at first. A few spots from Roanoke and eastward could even squeak out a 50-degree high...

Tuesday 02/02/2016
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Rain ending; seasonable cold returns for remainder of week

UPDATE 3 PM, 2/3: Rain is coming to an end from west to east this afternoon. The somewhat later arrival and persistence of the rain shield may mean there is not enough time for the quick mild spurt...

Monday 02/01/2016
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 1:32 pm
Yes that is a snake on snow! ... Damp through Wed., then cold

Any lingering snow cover (including that on which the snake came out on in the photo above) will continue to melt over the next three days as temperatures remain above freezing. But it might not fe...

Friday 01/29/2016
Posted: January 29, 2016 - 8:00 pm
5 days of "spring" before winter returns

Now, for a break from winter.

Wednesday 01/27/2016
Posted: January 27, 2016 - 12:00 am
Mild weekend ahead; some thoughts on snowstorm coverage

UPDATE 11:45 PM, 1/28: Just a quick reminder that it will be windy with some snow showers -- especially west of Roanoke -- on Friday behind a cold front. This will be the last reinforcement of the ...

Monday 01/25/2016
Posted: January 25, 2016 - 9:30 pm
Brushes with snow possible Wed-Fri; larger storm looking unlikely

It appears as if most rain showers will arrive Tuesday when temperatures are already well above freezing in the afternoon and evening. The farther north and west you are relative to Roanoke, or if ...

Sunday 01/24/2016
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 9:00 pm
Slide toward mild may hit a couple of wintry speed bumps this week

Beware of black ice on roadways early Monday as any water on roadways refreezes hard with lows in the upper single digits to mid teens. We'll get some more melting help on the roads by Sunday after...

Posted: January 24, 2016 - 12:30 am
Let's catch our breath after a foot of snow

It's time to take a deep breath, get some rest, have some fun in the snow and/or finish plowing and shoveling and clearing.

Friday 01/22/2016
Updated: January 23, 2016 - 9:28 pm
Snowstorm is past for SW Virginia

UPDATE 9:20 PM: The threat of accumulating snow has ended, beyond a few snow showers in the mountains.  Sunday will see some sunshine and at least slightly above freezing temperatures, starting the...

Updated: January 22, 2016 - 6:33 pm
Bands of heavy snow, some sleet -- 12-20 inches for most

UPDATE 6:30 PM: Next curve ball:  The dynamics of the storm have drawn in some slightly milder air in a layer of the atmosphere aloft, and this has led to some sleet occurring early this evening. T...

Thursday 01/21/2016
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 11:20 am
New snow bands developing this afternoon; 15-20 inches still likely

UPDATE 11:10 AM: A "dry slot" -- pretty accurately handled by many forecast models for a few days -- has brought snow to a slowdown or outright stop in much of Southwest Virginia west of ...

Posted: January 21, 2016 - 1:30 pm
Major snowstorm begins Friday morning; 14+ inches likely

All available forecast guidance continues to point overwhelmingly toward a historic and possibly record-setting winter storm for Southwest Virginia and a huge swath of the Appalachians and Middle A...

Wednesday 01/20/2016
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 6:40 pm
SW Virginia: Prepare for 1-2 feet of snow -- locally more -- Friday and Saturday

It is time to blast the horn.

Tuesday 01/19/2016
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 4:41 pm
Winter storm watch for Fri-Sat big snow; winter weather advisory for quick-hitting snow band near rush hour

UPDATE 4:40 PM, 1/20: A narrow band of moderate to locally heavy snow is moving through the New River valley and will likely cross I-81 during rush hour before also moving into the Roanoke Valley. ...

Monday 01/18/2016
Posted: January 18, 2016 - 10:30 pm
Several inches of snow look likely for Friday

There are many eye-popping numbers floating around for potential snowfall come Friday, but for now, I'm just going to settle on the word "several" to describe the number of inches that wi...

Sunday 01/17/2016
Posted: January 17, 2016 - 8:30 pm
Early-week wind chills & late-week winter storm

The payment for that warm Christmas season we had a month ago comes due in full this week.

Updated: January 17, 2016 - 10:22 am
Sunday morning snow brings little accumulation

UPDATE 10:20 AM: The back edge of the snow area is now moving into the western New River Valley and will likely bring snow to an end throughout the New River and Roanoke valleys by noon. Most accum...

Saturday 01/16/2016
Posted: January 16, 2016 - 11:45 am
Sunday: Moderate confidence in minor snow event

January 17 has been the effective start of widespread measurable snow season in the Roanoke and New River valleys over the past four winters. It looks like January 17 has a pretty good chance of be...

Friday 01/15/2016
Updated: January 16, 2016 - 12:02 am
Light snow possible Sunday; very cold with wintry question marks next week

UPDATE 12:01 AM, 1/16: Some mixed signals on forecast models tonight, but as yet, nothing that screams a widespread multiple-inch snow event for Southwest Virginia. It appears our region may receiv...

Thursday 01/14/2016
Posted: January 14, 2016 - 12:30 am
So what is this about possible Sunday snow?

We've pretty well established that a storm system on Friday will be mostly a rainmaker in our neck of the woods -- maybe a hint of sleet or ice to begin in a few small outlying pockets west and nor...

Tuesday 01/12/2016
Posted: January 12, 2016 - 11:25 pm
Storm track to west likely means rain, not ice or snow, for Friday

Whatever snow showers continue overnight will be mostly over by Wednesday morning, and the strong Arctic breezes that roared through the trees on Tuesday afternoon and evening will slowly dwindle d...

Posted: January 12, 2016 - 10:03 am
Windy cold, snow showers pick up this afternoon/evening

A strong cold front pushing through on this Tuesday afternoon will turn bring gusty winds from the west and northwest, possibly exceeding 40 mph at times, maybe even 50 mph. Some upper-level lift a...

Sunday 01/10/2016
Updated: January 12, 2016 - 12:55 am
Possible snow showers Tues PM; closely watching snow potential late week & beyond

UPDATE 1 AM, 1/12/16: Emphasizing potential for some locally heavy snow squalls amid a round of snow showers on Tuesday afternoon and evening with text re-printed from the Inclement Conditions Inde...

Thursday 01/07/2016
Posted: January 07, 2016 - 10:00 pm
Rainy weekend system is gateway to colder, possibly snowier, pattern ahead

Much to the frustration of snow lovers and the elation of snow haters, this weekend's wet storm system is being greeted by a warmup that will ensure nothing icy or snowy occurs in Southwest Virgini...

Wednesday 01/06/2016
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 12:30 am
Milder, showery for weekend; snow chances not looking big early next week

Tuesday morning's low temperatures of 13 at Blacksburg and 18 at Roanoke were the coldest since March 6, and Wednesday morning is likely to be similar or even a tad colder. After this pretty sharp ...

Sunday 01/03/2016
Posted: January 03, 2016 - 10:00 pm
Winter gets real Mon-Tues; likely much more of it down the road

Record warmth is now Christmas past. Winter is back, and it looks to have some staying power.

Friday 01/01/2016
Posted: January 01, 2016 - 12:30 am
Poll: What was biggest Roanoke/New River valleys weather story of 2015?

Welcome to 2016. I don't think it's going to take too long to get into some "interesting" weather in this new year, if you know what I mean. Potential seems to be growing for high pressur...

Wednesday 12/30/2015
Posted: December 30, 2015 - 9:00 pm
2015 closes dry, cooler; many questions linger for start of 2016

Thursday is the last day of a 2015 that will finish as Roanoke’s 5th wettest on record (54.49 inches through 5 p.m. Wednesday) and a December that is running away to being the warmest on record by ...

Tuesday 12/29/2015
Updated: December 29, 2015 - 11:22 pm
Holiday warm spell's last stand

UPDATE 11:15 PM, 12/29: Showers return on Wednesday, which will be an above-normal temperature day in the 50s to low 60s, though that that's not all that impressive after mid 60s on Tuesday and 70s...

Sunday 12/27/2015
Posted: December 27, 2015 - 9:45 pm
40-degree rain will feel pretty cold after Sunday's record warmth

40 degrees in late December — more than 10 degrees ABOVE normal for a low — will never feel so cold as it will Tuesday morning with ongoing wetness, some breezes and coming only 36 hours after one ...

Friday 12/25/2015
Updated: December 27, 2015 - 6:54 pm
Sunday warmth shatters records; switch flips back to winter in a few days

UPDATE 6:45 PM, 12/27: Roanoke's high temperature of 76 on this Sunday was the warmest December 27 high on record (dating to 1912) by 7 degrees over the previous record holder, 1984, one of the 12 ...

Thursday 12/24/2015
Posted: December 24, 2015 - 8:03 pm
Merry warm, wet Christmas! ... Signs of cold, windy new year

Merry Christmas to Weather Journal readers everywhere!

Wednesday 12/23/2015
Updated: December 24, 2015 - 7:20 am
Surge of warmth, more rain arrives for Christmas Eve

UPDATE 7:15 AM, 12/24: The flash flood watch has been restored for counties along the North Carolina border. A band of rain, locally heavy, and a few thunderstorms is sliding northeast through our ...

Tuesday 12/22/2015
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Flash flood watch begins un-Christmaslike stretch of weather

This will be a Christmas we remember for many years for its weather, which will be very unlike what gets printed on postcards or sung about in Christmas carols. The overall warm, wet pattern is not...

Sunday 12/20/2015
Posted: December 20, 2015 - 11:45 pm
Wetness may steal some thunder from warmth this Christmas week

There will be much written (including by me) and spoken this week about what is likely to be a historically warm period around Christmas — and rightly so, as the intensity and breadth of the warmth...

Thursday 12/17/2015
Updated: December 19, 2015 - 10:15 am
A brief taste of winter this weekend ... but nothing like 6 years ago

UPDATE 10 AM, 12/19: As you may have noticed, there were some periods of snow on Friday evening, with some minor accumulations at a few locations mostly west of Roanoke.  Both Roanoke and Blacksbur...

Wednesday 12/16/2015
Updated: December 16, 2015 - 5:34 pm
Rainy Thursday will lead to cold weekend -- but WARM leading to Christmas

UPDATE 5:30 PM, 12/16: Nothing really to update on this blog post. So I just added the new Inclement Conditions Index for Thursday to Monday on the bottom. END UPDATE

Monday 12/14/2015
Posted: December 14, 2015 - 12:30 am
Some showers Monday, breezy into Tuesday -- but still mild through Thursday

Because of cloud cover, Sunday’s high temperatures underperformed forecasts in the Roanoke and New River valleys – and still made the mid to upper 60s, about 20 degrees above normal. That speaks to...

Saturday 12/12/2015
Posted: December 12, 2015 - 10:00 pm
More record/near-record highs on Sunday, and really, not much cooler after that

After setting a new Dec. 11 record on Friday at 72, Roanoke did NOT set a daily record high on Saturday even though it hit an amazingly warm 75 degrees, tied for the 12th warmest December day encom...

Friday 12/11/2015
Updated: December 12, 2015 - 12:48 am
Unseasonably warm weekend; gusty showers by Sun PM/Mon AM

UPDATE 12:45 AM, 12/12: Roanoke did in fact set a record high of 72 degrees on Friday, shattering the previous Dec. 12 record of 68 set on three dates, most recently in 1979. Blacksburg topped out ...

Thursday 12/03/2015
Posted: December 03, 2015 - 6:00 am
December looking mild as Weather Journal blog takes a break

Thursday (December 3) looks to be a bit of a nippy day behind a cold front, with highs in the 40s and lows by Friday morning in the 20s, but the overall pattern for the first half of December defin...

Tuesday 12/01/2015
Updated: December 02, 2015 - 8:09 am
Wettest fall on record at Roanoke; flood watch continues through PM

UPDATE 8 AM:, 12/2: Flood watch continues through 7 p.m. this evening for several counties in Southwest Virginia -- including most of the Roanoke and New River valleys -- with up to another inch of...

Wednesday 11/25/2015
Posted: November 25, 2015 - 8:15 pm
Placid holiday weather continues, only gradually getting wetter through weekend

Placid weather are expected to continue across Southwest Virginia for Thanksgiving and Black Friday and generally for Saturday as well. There may start being a hint of moisture Friday and Saturday,...

Monday 11/23/2015
Posted: November 23, 2015 - 12:30 am
Smooth sailing weatherwise through Thanksgiving

Though it starts a bit cold, you can't ask for a much better Thanksgiving week for lack of travel-limiting weather.

Friday 11/20/2015
Posted: November 20, 2015 - 12:30 am
A little weekend SNOW? ... And a look ahead to Thanksgiving travel

The Upper Midwest -- Iowa, southern Wisconsin, the Chicago area, on into Michigan -- is gearing up for that region's first significant snowstorm of the 2015-16 cold season. There may be a few spots...

Thursday 11/19/2015
Updated: November 19, 2015 - 10:23 am
Rain floats Roanoke to 3rd wettest fall; mild afternoon, cold weekend ahead

UPDATE 10:20 AM, 11/19: Roanoke's 1.96 inches of rain Wednesday through this morning raised the autumn rainfall total (since Sept. 1) to 17.85 inches. This makes Autumn 2015 the third wettest on re...

Wednesday 11/18/2015
Updated: November 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Flash flood watch south of Roanoke; SW Va sees pouring rain late Wed PM/early Thurs AM

UPDATE 4:55 PM, 11/18: A solid area of moderate to heavy rain about 150 miles wide is making slow but steady progress eastward toward Southwest Virginia, having edged into the far southwest corner ...

Tuesday 11/17/2015
Posted: November 17, 2015 - 12:30 am
Soaking rain on Wednesday; Roanoke's wettest autumn on record LIKELY

UPDATE 9:45 PM, 11/16: Roanoke has had 15.89 inches of rain since Sept. 1., the start of meteorological autumn. Just 0.56 inch this week will move Autumn 2015 into a tie for 10th wettest with 1945....

Saturday 11/14/2015
Posted: November 14, 2015 - 12:38 am
Winds die down, leaving chilly, dry weekend

It will be a dry and cool weekend in Southwest Virginia, with highs mostly in the 50s Sunday after some 30s lows, and then even colder Sunday morning, in the 20s to low 30s.  The winds will die dow...

Kevin Myatt
  • Kevin Myatt
  • Kevin Myatt is The Roanoke Times' principal weather geek. He writes the Weather Journal column each Wednesday in The Roanoke Times and advises the newsroom on weather topics while also working on the copy desk. He helps lead Virginia Tech students on storm chases each May, has edited a book on hurricanes ("Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States," by Rick Schwartz) and comments on weather occasionally on WVTF (FM-89.1).
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