Off and on showers Friday, cold and windy weather ahead

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It’s shaping up to be a damp Friday. While rain coverage is not as widespread and steady, off and on showers are expected throughout the day. Rainfall could be heavy at times as well. Afternoon temperatures will be on the mild side despite the overcast skies. Expect highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. We will see the chance for a line of heavier rainfall anf gusty winds east of the Blue Ridge Parkway during the late afternoon and evening hours.

This rain is associated with a low pressure system to our southwest. As this system moves to the north and east, we’re keeping our eyes on another system with an associated cold front. This particular front will impact the region Saturday afternoon and into Sunday.

Before this front moves through, we’re looking at the chance for more showers Saturday morning, with a few lingering into the afternoon hours. As the cold front sweeps through, winds will pick up and colder air will filter in. Expect higher winds along and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We could see Wind Advisories issued for portions of Southwest Virginia.

Even as rain moves out of the region, snow is possible Saturday evening into Sunday.  There is a good chance for a couple of inches to pile up on the west side of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, mainly on the west side of the Appalachians. Snowflakes are possible in the New River Valley west of the I-81 corridor, but snowfall totals will be less than an inch and don’t appear impressive.

The rest of Southwest Virginia will experience some chilly and windy weather for Sunday. Wind chills in the teens in the Alleghany Highlands and 20s for the rest of the region are expected Sunday morning. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 40s.

High pressure will build into the region for the beginning of the upcoming week. It will be breezy for Monday before winds relax. Rain is possible late Tuesday.

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