The region will transition from the warm, summer-like pattern of the past few days to a more fall-like regime. The cross over will be accompanied by some light rain and some windy weather Saturday morning so keep the rain gear handy and the inflatable decorations uninflated.
A cold front will move in from the west and provide us with all the ingredients needed for the transition, wind and rain. The rain will be more prevalent west of the Appalachian Range, but some light rain will traverse the mountains and shower the Commonwealth. Not much more than a quarter inch is expected in the high country, and may only see about a tenth of an inch east of the foothills. The bigger and more noticeable feature with this transition will be the wind.
Expect to see gusts near 30+ mph along the ridge lines Saturday and about a 20+ mph range at lower elevations. There are a number of folks in my neighborhood that have the large inflatable Halloween decorations up already, and it may be a wise move to not inflate them this weekend.
The other obvious feature will be the cool down. The timing of the front is always a challenge near the mountains, but the overall pattern will see temps warmer in the morning, and chilly in the afternoon. The mountains will probably not see much of a dip as they may not have a chance to warm up at all from the morning lows, but our Piedmont and Blue Ridge communities will see temps in the 70s before noon and the 60s before sunset. We call this an “upside down” day because the temps will be warmer in the morning than the afternoon.’
Moving into Sunday I still expect to see a bit of a breeze a under mostly sunny skies with temps in the 60s for afternoon highs. More of the same Monday, but just less wind, then a gradual warm up by the middle of the week. Highs by Wednesday will be back in the middle 70s. No rain is expected until at least late in the new work week.