Pinpoint Weather: Drying and mild pattern for a few days, rain returns to Virginia on Friday

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Looks like the region will be under the influence of an area of high pressure that will keep the region dry and mild for a couple of days.  The sunshine will do a good job of drying out the remaining water left on area roads and the noticeable breeze will also aid in the drying scenario.  The leaves will still be slick under our wheels so if you are riding a motorcycle make sure you are aware of that fact. 

Looks like a chilly night ahead as the skies are clear and we are drying out.

Sunny and dry will be the pattern on Wednesday with the mercury in the thermometer rising above 70°, which is the normal high for this time of year.  The leaves on the trees are changing fairly slowly at the moment but should start to accelerate the metamorphosis as the week moves along. If you are wanting to see the most dramatic changes at this time, head toward the mountains as the region getting toward peak.  The lower elevated locations are in the early transition phase so although there is good representation of yellow and red, there is still a good deal of green.

Thursday looks to be on the nearly warm side as temps will be in the upper 70s. There will be a sunny start to the region but as the day moves along expect to see some clouds overhead.  A cold front is approaching from the north and west and that will change our pattern dramatically. So, enjoy the sunshine and mild weather while you can, as not only are we expecting to see rain on Friday, but much cooler air is slated to arrive as well. Not looking at the potential for snow just yet, but there may be a few flakes flying on the highest peaks. 

Friday, as mentioned above will be a rainy and chilly day with the front moving in from the west and a disturbance will slide along the front from the south providing us with a decent chance for rain.  The main result, in addition to the rain will be the introduction of much cooler air.  The highs on Friday is expected to be topping out in the upper 50s.

Saturday starts out chilly with lows in the 30s most locations. There should be some light winds that may add a bit of a bite to the region as well.  The area will be on the dry side this weekend, albeit chilly, so get out and enjoy the fall foliage as this weekend should be a bit more colorful. Get to the Highlands and NRV this weekend or take a lovely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway so you can see the lovely palette of colors offered up this time of year in the Roanoke area.

Sunday will be similar to Saturday as a weak wedge sets up. 

Stay safe and healthy

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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