ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Southwest Virginia will reach the peak of a warming trend this Thursday and Friday.
While some clouds will linger around Thursday morning, skies will gradually become mostly sunny. Morning temperatures will start in the 30s and 40s before warming up into the 60s by the afternoon. Some spots in Central Virginia and Southside may hit the 70-degree mark.
The reason much of the region will experience warmer-than-average temperatures Thursday is due to some gusty southwest winds. Overall, wind speeds of 15 – 25 mph are expected during the day. Higher gusts of 35-40 mph may occur along ridgetops. Highland County will be under a High Wind Warning Thursday morning into Friday morning. West winds of 25 – 35 mph are in the forecast with gusts as high as 60 mph possible. Strong winds may blow down tree limbs, cause power outages, and make travel difficult for those driving high-profile vehicles.
The dry and breezy conditions are also favorable for increased fire danger across Southwest Virginia. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged for the remainder of the week as fires may spread quickly in these weather conditions. If you are burning outdoors, please be attentive and burn with caution.
More sunshine is slated for Friday with lighter winds blowing through the region. It will still be mild with high temperatures reaching the 60s and lower 70s.
There will be a gradual cooling trend over the weekend. For Saturday, a mix of sun and clouds will be overhead with high temperatures warming up into the 50s and middle 60s. Temperatures will still run warmer than average, but it won’t be as mild outside.
It will be a bit more seasonable for Sunday with highs in the middle 50s and 40s. Clouds will gradually increase during the day as another cold front approaches the region. Some rain showers are possible Sunday night into Monday.
The cold front will sweep through Southwest Virginia Monday, bringing some rain showers and brisk winds. Temperatures will range from the 40s in the mountains and into the 60s east of the Blue Ridge. It will still be a bit breezy for Tuesday. Morning temperatures will start in the cold 20s and 30s. Afternoon highs will be in the noticeably colder 40s.