As we get deeper into October and approach the month of November, the air masses really begin to clash. Warm air is still trying to surge north, while cold air from Canada is trying to plunge south. These colliding air masses lead to the development of powerful systems and one of these is brewing across the front range of the Rocky Mountains.
Out ahead of the storm, there is a severe weather threat across the Plains and the Ohio Valley, with the risk for isolated tornadoes by Tuesday night in Ohio. The bigger story could be the prolific wind event that will unfold from the northern Plains through the Great Lakes region beginning Tuesday and lingering into Wednesday. Wind gusts across that area could top 50 or 60 miles per hour across a large area for an extended period of time, as the area of low pressure "bombs out," or strengthens very rapidly.
No need to worry for us, as the worst part of the storm will not be felt across Virginia. We will see the chance for a few showers (and possibly a thunderstorm) on Wednesday, but that's about it. Winds will be gusty, but should max out near 20 or 25 miles per hour. Behind the front, a much cooler and drier air mass will settle in for Friday and the weekend.