The cold front is finally pushing through this overnight, having fired up some pretty strong storms on Thursday afternoon (saw many gorgeous pictures of shelf clouds, this one tweeted to me by Keith Dowler from Read Mountain perhaps the best). Friday will be a breezy and rather cool day, but dry, with highs in the 60s, mostly. Saturday morning is when we could see another round of unseasonably cold temperatures, with some 30s and low 40s around the area. I wouldn’t rule out a little frost in some higher elevations and some protected rural valleys. Record lows for May 25 are 38 at Roanoke and 34 at Blacksburg, both from 1967 — those are probably not entirely out of the question, if it gets calm and clear enough for long enough. Saturday and Sunday will remain dry with highs only in the 60s and 70s and lows almost as cold on Sunday morning as on Saturday. It will gradually warm up and get more humid into the coming week, with perhaps a chance of afternoon showers and storms returning for Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is when I’ll be headed out with the Hokie Storm Chasers. The first group returned safely today after an intense trip. Looks like it’s going to get active in the central U.S. again in the coming week.