It will be a chilly and windy start to Thursday, with drier conditions in the forecast. The gusty winds will make temperatures feel a few degrees cooler. Spots west of the Blue Ridge will have air temperatures in the 40s/30s for the morning, but the winds will make it feel like it’s near- or below-freezing.
There is a Wind Advisory in place for counties along and west of the Blue Ridge until 11:00 a.m. Thursday. Pocahontas (WV) and Highland (VA) counties are under a Wind Advisory until 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Gusts from the northwest in the 40 – 50 mph range are possible.
These winds will linger into the morning hours, so commuters (especially those who drive tractor trailers and large recreational vehicles) should use caution while driving since these winds tend to shove these high-profile vehicles around on the roadways. Otherwise, cloud cover will be variable, switching between mostly sunny and partly sunny skies. Even with more sunshine in the forecast, the cool northwest winds will keep most spots below the 60 degree mark. Temperatures overnight will sink into the low 40s and 30s, so you might want to cover your plants in case of isolated frost.
Friday is looking sunny and dry, very fall-like. Highs will be a bit warmer as we warm back up into the mid 60s. Cloud cover will become variable as we head into Saturday. A system down in the Gulf of Mexico could bring the region the chance for rain during the weekend. Showers will try to make their way into Southwest Virginia late Saturday and into Sunday. More chances for rain are in the forecast for the beginning of next week.