It’s the first weekend of fall and the weather couldn’t be better!
We’ll continue our dry pattern with high temperatures close to where they should be for this time of year (60s and 70s across the region).
Tonight, some areas of fog will again be possible, if not likely, especially west of the Blue Ridge.
There will be a cold front approaching the region from the west, but as it moves closer to our region, it will lose its punch – which isn’t much to begin with – and will fizzle out before it gets here, though a shower or two will be possible along the western slopes late tonight into the overnight hours Sunday. Winds may also kick up just a bit in the mountains as we head into the day on Sunday.
As we head into the day on Monday, we’ll continue our dry pattern but temperatures will be up a bit as highs likely reach the lower and middle 80s east of the Blue Ridge – more so into the 70s further west.
During the day on Tuesday, we can’t rule out a stray shower possible across the area. Most of us, though, will remain dry as highs will return to the lower and middle 80s in the east and into the 70s in the west.
By Wednesday, sunshine returns as we’ll continue to have highs above normal, though a few degrees cooler than Tuesday’s as we’re looking for highs in the lower 80s in the east and still in the 70s west of the Blue Ridge.
Thursday and Friday will remain dry but highs will fall back a bit into the 70s in most areas, though some of our mountain communities could remain in the mid to upper 60s.
The tropics remain active, but here is some good news to report.
Hurricane Sam continues churning in the central Atlantic and is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane later today, possibly even a Category 4 storm in Sunday. The good news, though, is this system is forecast to ultimately turn toward the northwest and ultimately toward the north and northeast into next week and avoid the U.S. mainland completely; however, some increased swells and rip currents will likely be felt along much of the east coast from mid-to-late week next week.
Then, there’s Subtropical Storm Teresa that’s located north of Bermuda. This system is expected to lose its intensity and also remain out to sea.
So, currently, there is no pending threat to the U.S. mainland as we continue to be in the heart of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin.
Enjoy the quiet weekend. While it’s still a little early to hit the road for some leaf-peeping, we’re not long at all away from the leaves starting to change in the area. By the end of next week, the higher elevations will likely begin to see some changes. Give it a few short weeks and western Virginia will come alive with some beautiful fall color!
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