Roanoke, Virginia – The meteorological winter will end on February 28.
We know. This is a different definition than what we adults studied (coexistence and equinoxes).
Meteorological winter lasts from December 1 to February 28, and meteorological spring – from March 1 to May 31. This a) makes it easier to keep consistent records and b) more accurately shows when the temperature (on average) starts to rise from the winter depths.
Anyway, now that it’s over, let’s move on to the forecast.
Monday will be plenty of sunlight and light wind, which will help maintain temperatures around the average for the last day of February.
March this time comes quietly. As the jet stream continues to rise to the north, warmer and more spring air arrives from Tuesday to Thursday.
In fact, highs on Wednesday could reach 70+ in the Roanoke Valley, in the Lynchburg and Southside areas.
It should be a great day to go outside and maybe wash some of the winter dirt out of our cars.
A short wedge could cool us down on Friday the 50s. On the weekend, however, the southwest wind will push our temperature to the 60s (possibly to the 70s by Sunday).
This is in line with the forecasts of the Climate Forecasting Center for 6-10 days.
As Pacific-North American fluctuations approach their negative phase, this usually means warmer than cooler days. That’s what we see at least until March 9th.
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