Cloudy and cooler Wednesday, heavy rain overnight

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Cloudy and cooler conditions are expected for Wednesday as a wedge of cool air sets up across Southwest Virginia.

Morning fog is possible in the Mountain Empire to start off Wednesday morning and patchy drizzle is possible. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy to overcast skies with afternoon temperatures reaching the 50s across the region. Southside Virginia could feel temperatures warming up into the low 60s.

A frontal system will bring the chance for rain showers overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Rain could be heavy at times and a few rumbles of thunder are possible. Rain ponding in the roadways can cause issues, especially for those traveling in the dark. Stay alert and use caution when heading out Thursday morning. Rain chances will decrease as we head into the afternoon. However, a few showers and isolated storms could move through during the afternoon hours. The storms will have a bit of heat energy to play with since high temperatures will be well above-average, reaching the 70s across Southwest Virginia.

As a cold front approaches the region Friday, we will notice some prefrontal warming. High temperatures will rise up the low 70s in the Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley. Low 80s are possible in portions of Southside and Central Virginia. However, more rain will move in ahead on the front. The chance for isolated thunderstorms is more likely along the front as temperatures transition from the 80s and into the 60s and 50s. We’ll keep our eyes to the skies and keep you updated if any severe weather occurs in Southwest Virginia.

The cold front will pass through before sunrise Saturday. Showers may continue into the morning before we start to dry off. Cooler air will filter in behind the cold front and a wedge will set back up during the weekend. Temperatures on Saturday will be near average with highs in the low 60s and upper 50s. Expect more 50s for Sunday with a mix of sunshine and clouds.

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