ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The recent cold weather has ended the growing season across Southwest and Central Virginia. The next few mornings will be on the chilly side, but a milder weather pattern is ahead.

Prepare for a cold and frosty Thursday morning. You may want to give yourself extra time to heat up your car and scrape the frost off your windshield. Morning temperatures will start in the sub-freezing 20s and lower 30s. While it will be a frigid start to the day, afternoon temperatures will be slightly milder. Plentiful sunshine is in the forecast with afternoon highs in the 50sand lower 60s.

The gradual warming trend will continue into Friday. It will still be a cold start to the day with morning temperatures in the 20s and 30s. However, an area of high will shift toward our east. This will allow for some warmer southerly flow to make its way into the region. Expect afternoon temperatures in the 60s.

For the weekend, plan for chilly mornings and mild afternoons each day. The mornings will start with temperatures in the 30s and lower 40s. By the afternoon hours, temperatures will be in the mid-60s and lower 70s. A good deal of sunshine is in the forecast for Saturday with some passing clouds Sunday. It will be great weather for pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and fall festivals.

Next week will start fairly dry and mild. For Monday, morning temperatures will be in the 40s with afternoon highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

A cold front will approach from the west Tuesday and move into Southwest and Central Virginia Wednesday. Skies will be variably cloudy each day and we may see a few showers. Temperatures will continue to be near to above average.