There will be some rain and storms developing to our west but the Alleghany Range is going to absorb most of the energy. There will be some rain along Appalachian Trail, but overall, the areas east of the foothills will be fairly dry as the cold front crosses the Commonwealth over the next 24 to 36 hours. Lack of available moisture will be the deciding and defining characteristic of this event. Winds will be notably more intense, but more like a robust breeze vs a stiff wind.
More noticeable will be the cooler pattern this weekend as the cold front will live up to its name and cool the region back into the 60s. The upper 70s are going to be tough to see again, but it is mid-October and we should be in the 60s.
Friday will see a NW breeze at around 10 mph under partly cloudy skies. The mercury in the thermometer will touch the 70° mark, but basically, Friday will see highs in the upper 60s, just about right for this time of year.
Saturday looks to be a bit milder with highs in the middle 70s. Enjoy the fall foliage this weekend as the recent cooldown has allowed the colors to be revealed. The Chlorophyll production is pretty much over in our region, so the colors should start to become a bit more noticeable.
Sunday will be another lovely fall day with a mix of clouds and sun, then we prepare for some wet weather next week. Models time out the rain differently, but my forecast will reflect an increase in cloud cover Monday with a good deal of rain on Tuesday.