Pinpoint Weather: Severe potential exists for some as a cold front approaches late Thursday

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Your location will depend on the type of weather you see as a weak cold front will pass through the area Thursday giving some a few showers and others, just some clouds.

Before we talk about Thursday, let’s talk about tonight. There may be a few clouds passing overhead but we should be largely on the clear side with another cool night in store with lows in the 40s across the entire region.

Thursday will be another mild day – even sunny for many. But a weak cold front will start entering the region late in the day. Before that happens, we’ll start to see clouds increasing into the NRV and the mountains of the Alleghany Highlands during the afternoon. A few showers will be possible in the western-most communities as we head into the late-afternoon hours. Those showers are expected to push toward the I-81 corridor during the evening but they will likely have difficulty making it past that area. Though we can’t rule out a few showers possible further east, those locations will likely remain largely dry.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the far-western portion of our area under a Marginal risk (scale 1 of 5) of seeing severe weather. While storm development is expected to be isolated, any storms that develop could be accompanied by gusty winds.

Highs for Thursday will range in the 60s at the highest elevations to the lower and middle 70s near the Blue Ridge and upper 70s to maybe even pushing the 80-degree mark toward Southside and Central Virginia.

Thursday night’s lows won’t fall back quite as much as they have been as we’re looking at upper 40s in the mountains and lower and middle 50s elsewhere.

As that front passes, there could be a few lingering showers possible on Friday in the far-eastern part of the region – primarily east of the Route 29 corridor. Most, though, will remain dry but under Partly to Mostly Cloudy skies. It will also be a tad bit breezy at times as highs fall back a bit into the 60s in the mountains and into the lower 70s further east.

The weekend is looking dry with temperatures close to normal in the 60s to the lower 70s.

By Sunday night, we’re expecting clouds to increase once again as another front – a bit stronger than the one passing through Thursday night – starts to approach the area. Showers are possible both Monday and into Tuesday with temperatures staying near-normal levels in the 60s to near 70.

The tropical Atlantic is still dormant as the National Hurricane Center continues to indicate that no tropical development is anticipated through the rest of the week.

Don’t forget, as the trees are changing color, be sure to snap a pic and send it our way. You may just see it on the air!

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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