ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Rainy and stormy weather is in the forecast as we head into the weekend.

Thursday will be the calm before the storm. Morning temperatures will start in the 50s before warming up into the seasonably mild 70s during the afternoon. Much of Southwest and Central Virginia will stay dry with variably cloudy skies overhead. Clouds will increase during the evening ahead of our next storm system.

High temperatures will be in the 70s Friday. While it will be mild outside, an area of low pressure will bring rain to the region Friday. Off-and-on showers and storms are in the forecast, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Some storms may become strong to severe. Strong gusty winds are the main storm threat. However, hail and tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

The Storm Prediction Center currently has areas along and south of US 460 under a Slight Risk for severe weather. This means organized severe storms have the chance to develop, but won’t be widespread in coverage.

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An upper-level low will pass to the north Saturday. Off-and-on rain remains in the forecast with highs in the cooler-than-average 60s. While a few thunderstorms cannot be ruled out, the severe weather risk is lower due to the cooler air in place.

A few spotty rain showers may linger into Mother’s Day morning. Overall, it will be drier and cooler Sunday with high temperatures in the 60s. A bit of sunshine may peek out later in the day as clouds gradually decrease.

Dry weather is in store for the beginning of next week. More sunshine is expected for Monday and Tuesday. Southwest and Central Virginia will begin to warm up again with highs in the upper 60s and 70s.