ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A cool and dry Tuesday is in the works for Southwest and Central Virginia ahead of Wednesday’s cold front.

It will be a cold start to Tuesday with morning temperatures in the upper 20s and middle 30s. Skies will be variably cloudy during the day with afternoon temperatures reaching the seasonably cool 50s. Clouds will increase during the evening hours with overnight lows in the 40s.

A strong cold front will pass through the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday, bringing periods of rain to Southwest and Central Virginia. Most of the wet weather is expected during the morning hours, but some afternoon showers are possible. Winds will be gusty at times. Milder temperatures are slated for the region with highs in the 50s and middle 60s.

Thursday will be noticeably chillier and breezy. Morning temperatures will start in the sub-freezing 20s and lower 30s while afternoon highs will be in the 40s under mostly sunny skies. Winds will subside Thursday evening. With calmer winds and clear skies in place, overnight temperatures will drop down into the frigid 20s.

An area of high pressure will bring a calmer weather pattern to the region by the end of the week. More sunshine and less wind are slated for Friday with afternoon highs in the upper 40s and middle 50s.

A few isolated showers cannot be ruled out Saturday morning as a cold front approaches from the west. Otherwise, slightly milder conditions return with highs in the 50s and lower 60s.