Gusty winds increase chance of fires


As Thanksgiving closes in along with the end of November, the warm Spring-like day Friday may have offered those of us in Southwestern Virginia the last gasp of warm weather for a while as snowstorms hit the Midwest and Northeast and the mercury plunges.

Even worse, The National Weather Service issued a severe fire warning for the weekend because the combination of low humidity and high winds threaten the area with an increased chance of fires that could rapidly sweep across the landscape.

The weather service advisory out of the Roanoke/Blacksburg office says the strong cold front that moves through the region will being gusting winds from the Northwest that could reach 50 to 60 miles per hour, particularly in the higher elevations.

“Dry leaf litter will lead to an increased fire danger this afternoon through Sunday,” the weather service warning says.  “Outdoor burning is discouraged today through Sunday as fire could quickly out of control.”

Floyd County and other localities in the Roanoke and New River Valleys have burning bans in place.

Saturday mornings low of 35 Saturday morning will climb up to about 54 by 11 a.m. and then start a downward trend into the higher 30s by 6 p.m. and the 20s by 2 a.m. Sunday to a forecast of low of 25 before heading up to a projected high of 38 with sun and gusting wind throughout the day before heading back into the low 20s Sunday night.

Wind will remain Monday with a high of 45 and a low of 26 overnight while Tuesday is forecast to a high of 54 with a low of 32, Wednesday at 56 high and 42 low and a 50/31 range for Thanksgiving Day,

Long-sought rain is expected to finally arrive as the final week of November  arrives with showers in the forecast for Sunday, Nov. 27 with a possibility of a mixture of rain and snow showers for the 28th and then showers with highs in the lower 50s through Friday, Dec. 2.

Winter is coming.

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