Southwest Virginia week set to stay colorful with hot, dry weather | Local News



Colorful foliage lines the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Roanoke, a section that remains closed to vehicular traffic for repairs to an area damaged in a mudslide in May 2020, but which is open to walkers and cyclists .

Kevin Myatt

The late but charming show of fall foliage in the Roanoke Valley will likely last this week, with no rain, wind, or near freezing temperatures until the end of the week.

The high pressure on load through Thursday will mean hot days in the 70s and cool nights in the upper 30s through the mid 40s, mainly. The trees will continue their slow leaf fall, but are unlikely to lose browning or lose their foliage all at once as would happen in colder, windier, or wetter weather.

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The next cold front arrives late Thursday with showers until Friday. This cold front will bring temperatures down significantly for the weekend, with highs in the 1950s and lows in the 1930s.

Signals point to a colder diet as Thanksgiving week approaches. Too early to tell yet the timing of any precipitation system and whether there could be any winter flirtations. Last week’s luck of snow materialized over the mountains of North Carolina, but barely passed through Virginia.

A reminder that the deadline for the Weather Journal snowfall prediction contest is midnight tonight (Monday, November 8, 2021). Click here for more details. An infobox is also attached to this post with how to enter.

Contact Kevin Myatt at [email protected]. Follow him on twitter @kevinmyattwx.



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