Chilly mornings ahead for Southwest Virginia, frost possible

Weather

A Frost Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for portions of the New River Valley and the Alleghany Highlands Thursday overnight and into Friday morning. Skies will be mostly clear and winds will be calm. This will allow temperatures to drop near-freezing in some spots for a period of time. Frost could potential harm sensitive vegetation if not covered or protected. This is our first Frost Advisory of the season.

Temperatures will be slightly warmer for Friday, though. The gusty winds from Thursday have died down, so they won’t be an issue for the day ahead. Expect sunny skies and dry conditions; overall, a pleasant fall-like day. Highs will reach the 60s across Southwest Virginia.

However, frost is possible Friday overnight into Saturday morning. Much of the region, with the exception of some counties in Southside Virginia, will be under a Frost Advisory from 2:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Otherwise, little impacts are expected for the start of the week except for an increase in cloud cover.

That will change for overnight Saturday into Sunday though. A storm system will move up from the Gulf of Mexico and push off-shore Sunday afternoon around North Carolina. While our region is not expected to get a direct hit, we may see some rain and cloud skies for Sunday. As far as timing, rain will start to move in late Saturday evening and will last up through much of Sunday morning. This looks like it will be a soaking rain for much of us, but not a drought buster.

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