An area of high pressure is sitting over top of the Commonwealth for Wednesday. The dry weather and calm winds will remain in Southwest Virginia through Thursday before rain moves in Friday.
It will be another cold start for Wednesday morning with low temperatures in the low 20s and teens. However, afternoon temperatures will be a bit warmer, reaching the 40s across the region. Average highs for this time of year are around 45° and average lows are around 27°. We’re still below average when it comes to low temperatures, but our high temperatures will be closer to average during the afternoon. Fair weather continues, with mainly sunny skies throughout the day. Clouds will start to build in as we head into Thursday.
We can expect dry weather for Thursday with similar near-average temperatures to what we had for Wednesday. However, rain returns to the forecast Friday as a storm system approaches. Clouds will keep us in the low 40s/upper 30s for Friday. We will see the chance for a few showers during the morning (a brief period of wintry mix is possible in isolated spots, but will not last long), but the greatest chance for rain will be during the afternoon and evening. Periods of heavy rain are possible.
A dry slot of rain will wrap around the storm system and will leave much of Southwest Virginia fairly dry for Saturday. However, the West Virginia mountains and western portions of the NRV will see the chance for snow. As this system continues east, portions of Pocahontas County could see quite a bit of snowfall Saturday and into Sunday. Snow is possible in portions of the Alleghany Highlands and NRV, but accumulation is expected to be light, if any.
Winds will pick up late Saturday and into Sunday. Clouds will break apart overhead and dry weather returns to end the weekend. High temperatures will remain in 40s as we head into next week.