Pinpoint Weather: Rain ends early, gusty winds Tuesday

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A storm system brought heavy rainfall and isolated thunderstorms to Southwest and Central Virginia Monday night. Much of the precipitation will end early Tuesday morning, but gusty winds are ahead.

As the storm system treks toward the northeast during the morning, rain chances will decrease. Due to the cooler air behind the system, a mix of snow and rain may develop at higher elevations in the Alleghany Highlands. However, little to no accumulation is expected. Skies will clear during the late morning and afternoon hours. Highs will be in the 40s and lower 50s.

Gusty winds are the main concern for Tuesday with Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings in effect through the afternoon. Wind gusts of 40 – 60 mph are possible. Since the ground is wet, these winds could easily bring down some trees. Power outages may occur. Make sure to secure any loose outdoor objects, like lightweight patio furniture and garbage cans. The gusty winds could make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles like tractor-trailers and box trucks.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and breezy with near-average temperatures in the forecast. For Valentine’s Day, morning temperatures will start in the 30s while afternoon temperatures will rise into the 40s and 50s.

A cold front will approach the area on Thursday. Expect a mix of sun and clouds with afternoon highs in the milder 50s. There is a chance for a few mountain rain and/or snow showers late in the day. Otherwise, much of the region will stay mostly dry.

The cool and dry conditions will continue through Friday with highs in the 50s. Another cold front will pass through Southwest and Central Virginia on Saturday. A few light rain showers are possible. For Saturday and Sunday, morning lows will be in the 30s. Afternoon temperatures will be in the cooler 40s and lower 50s.

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