ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Fall starts at 9:04 p.m. Thursday. Not all of Southwest and Central Virginia will feel autumn-like Thursday, but cooler air is on the way for the end of the week.

A cold front will sweep through the region during the day. Morning temperatures will start in the 60s under a mix of sun and clouds. Winds will gust up at times and a few rain showers cannot be ruled out. There is the potential for an isolated strong storm or two to develop in Southside during the afternoon. 

Overall, skies will be variably cloudy for the day. Locations west of the Blue Ridge Parkway could experience highs in the cooler 70s while the summer-like 80s linger in Southside and Central Virginia. If you’re planning on heading to Lane Stadium for the Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia game, you shouldn’t have to worry about wet weather. It will be cooler, so bring the jacket along with you!

Drier and cooler air will filter in behind the cold front, resulting in autumn-like temperatures for the first full day of fall. There will be a chill in the air Friday morning as temperatures start in the crisp 40s and 50s. Afternoon highs will be in the cooler-than-average 60s and 70s under mostly sunny skies.

Expect a pleasant start to the weekend! Saturday morning will be even cooler with temperatures starting off in the 40s. Those temperatures will rise up into the near-average 70s by the afternoon under a mix of sun and clouds.

Cloud cover will continue to increase into Sunday as a front approaches Southwest and Central Virginia. It will be a few degrees warmer with afternoon highs in the 70s and lower 80s. There is the potential for rain showers during the afternoon and evening. Some rain may linger into Monday with high temperatures reaching the 60s and middle 70s.

TRACKING THE TROPICS

Category 4 Hurricane Fiona is moving northward this Thursday. There will be little change in strength over the next 24 hours. The center of Fiona will pass just to the west of Bermuda tonight before approaching Nova Scotia on Friday.

While the storm will stay offshore from the mainland United States, dangerous surf and rip currents will be an issue along the East Coast.

Gaston remains a tropical storm over the Central North Atlantic. Tropical-storm-force winds and swells generated by Gaston are expected to affect the Azores tonight into Friday.

Additional strengthening is not expected at this time. Overall, Gaston will be a fish storm out at sea.