Pinpoint Weather: Chilly conditions for Election Day with chance for morning rain, mountain snow

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — We saw a good deal of sunshine on Monday with seasonal high temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s. However, cooler air will make its way into Southwest Virginia for the remainder of the week.

It will be a chilly start to Tuesday with morning temperatures in the upper 30s and 40s. You’ll probably want a jacket if you’re heading out to the polls for Election Day. However, keep in mind that some light rain is possible during the morning. Overall, rainfall amounts will be less than a tenth an inch. While most locations will see light rain showers, a mix of rain/snow is possible along the west-facing slopes of Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Highland counties. A dusting of snow is possible in these locations, but this isn’t going to be a big event.

Other than the chance for some morning precipitation, skies will be mostly to partly cloudy for Tuesday. It will be noticeably cooler outside with high temperatures in the 40s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Highs in the 50s are slated for the Roanoke Valley, Central Virginia, and Southside.

Overnight lows will be in the 30s and upper 20s, so freezing temperatures and frost are a concern Wednesday morning. It’s important to take proper precautions when the weather turns cold. You’ll want to cover or bring in plants to protect them from the freezing conditions and frost. Pets should be kept warm, as well. The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for southern Pocahontas (WV), Rockbridge, and Botetourt (VA) counties. The agency has also issued a Frost Advisory for Roanoke, Bedford, Campbell, Amherst, and Appomattox counties, including Lynchburg.

Otherwise, Wednesday is looking dry with a mix of sun and clouds overhead. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Central Virginia, Southside, and the Roanoke Valley will warm up into the lower to middle 50s.

Another storm system will impact Southwest Virginia Thursday. There are still some inconsistencies with the weather models when it comes to the timing and amount of precipitation from this system. Right now, rain showers are possible for Thursday and some snow showers cannot be ruled out for parts of the Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to keep an eye on this system as there will be some shifts in the forecast.

An area of high pressure will build into the region Friday through Sunday. This high pressure will keep us relatively dry, but the chilly air will remain in place. Morning temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s and afternoon highs will reach the 40s and 50s.

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