The cold front moved through the Commonwealth Thursday evening and dramatically cooled the region. Highs went from near 80 in our Piedmont locations to only reaching the 50s. Mountain highs will be in the 30s today, contrasted to the 60s Thursday. Winds early Friday morning were gusting in the 20 mph range most locations, and that made for some bitter wind chill values.
High pressure will set up in the Mid-Atlantic region behind the front and should keep the region cloud free. Although there will be plenty of sunshine today, there should not be much in the way of a warm up as the cold air has filtered in from the north and west. Overnight lows will be sub-freezing throughout Western Virginia tonight. Winds are expected to be light, so not much discussion about wind chill values tonight.
Saturday will be mostly sunny to start but I do expect to see some cloud cover late in the day. The temperatures will struggle to get past the 50° mark most areas. Time to bundle up as we may have seen the last of the mild weather until the Spring.
Sunday is what I like to call the day of transition as clouds will move in during the afternoon ahead of another cold front that will arrive overnight into Monday. The timing of the next rain event is a bit tricky, but most models are timing the rain to start late Sunday in the mountains and progress across the area overnight.
The rain will be lingering in the Piedmont early Monday, then head toward the coastal plain before noon. Another cold front will follow in the heels of the Sunday front and arrive just a few hours behind the original front. This will plow in another round of dry and cold air that is expected to last through the work week. Temps will be in the 40s for the first half of next week, then moderate a bit by Thanksgiving.