Welcome to the weekend!

For Saturday night, showers lessen in coverage throughout the evening. By the overnight hours, most of us will remain dry but mostly cloudy.

Areas of locally dense fog can also be expected overnight and into early Sunday morning.

Winds will be on the lighter side as lows bottom out into the upper 40s in the mountains to the lower and middle 50s elsewhere.

During the day on Sunday, an upper-level trough will move to our north but it will have some associated showers and thunderstorms with it into our region.

The Storm Prediction Center does have our entire region under a marginal risk for strong and severe thunderstorms which is likely to take place during the afternoon and early evening hours. Gusty winds look to be the primary threat with any storms that move through though some hail can also be expected. The tornado risk is currently not in the discussion but, entering May, it’s certainly something that we’ll be monitoring.

Highs will be warmer – into the 60s in the mountains to the 70s elsewhere – maybe close to 80 along parts of Southside.

Of the next seven days, Monday looks to potentially be the only fully dry day across the region with sunny to partly cloudy skies forecast with highs into the upper 70s in the mountains to the mid 80s east of the Blue Ridge.

We’ll keep mild temperatures in store for much of next week with highs in the upper 70s and lower and middle 80s lasting into Thursday with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms possible each day.

Friday remains unsettled with showers and thunderstorms again possible, but temperatures will be cooler – into the upper 60s to the lower and middle 70s.

Even next Saturday, we’ll keep the chance for showers in the area with highs largely into the 60s.

So, be sure the umbrella is on hand for most of the next several days. If you’re heading out to the Vinton Dogwood Festival, we’re not looking at a washout on Saturday with not much more than just some passing showers at times. Sunday, for the carnival, may be a bit more touch-and-go with the threat of severe weather possible. Keep an eye to the sky and be weather aware on Sunday!

I’ll talk to you tonight after USFL football!

Gary Boyer