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Roanoke Valley will experience strange weather patterns during the next week

Cheryl E Preston
Roanoke ValleyVirginia's Blue Ridge

Star City residents will be in for a hot, sticky, stormy seven days

Weather reports from WSLS 10 News indicate that the Roanoke Valley will be experiencing some strange weather patterns during the next week. It's not anything that we have not been through before but it's always good to be able to prepare in advance. Beginning on Saturday there will be an upper-level disturbance, that approaches from the west and will bring showers and storms. Like earlier in the week the precipitation will be random and not rain all day. Some areas might be missed altogether but most locations will get at least a little precipitation with possible heavier downpours. The good news is there are not expected to be any torrential downpours.

There will be strong high-pressure build-ups to the west, which will ignite a heat wave over much of the South. This could send temperatures soaring above 100 in some locals. The Star City area will be on the eastern fringes of the high-pressure, with a northwest flow atop increasingly hot and humid air. In layman's terms the humidity and temperature will be high, the atmosphere sticky, and brief storms are possible.

High temperatures will likely top 90 by Monday and Tuesday from the Roanoke Valley south and east, and be in the 80s to the west, with dew points rising well into the 60s to near 70. The northwest flow aloft around the high-pressure system will cause periodic disturbances and weak cold fronts that will trigger rounds of storms. These possibly could be "squall lines or mesoscale convective systems" (large storm clusters) moving into our area from the Ohio Valley. As always the predictions are dependent on everything lining up as weather forecasters predict

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