ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A gradual cooling trend will occur in Southwest and Central Virginia over the next few days.

It will be a bit chilly Thursday morning with temperatures starting in the 40s. There will be a slight breeze from the north-northwest, bringing drier and cooler air into the region. While some morning cloud cover is expected over the mountains, mostly sunny skies are in the forecast for the rest of the day. High temperatures will reach the lower and middle 60s.

Mostly clear skies Thursday night will allow for colder temperatures. By early Friday morning, temperatures will be in the 30s and lower 40s.

Friday will still be dry and pleasant, but cooler temperatures and increasing cloudiness are in the forecast. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies for the day with afternoon temperatures in the mid-50s and into the lower 60s.

Saturday will be similar to Friday as a cool-air wedge builds in Southwest Virginia. Variably cloudy skies will be over the region with highs in the 50s and lower 60s.

The wedge remains in place for Sunday. Mostly cloudy skies will be overhead with the cooler-than-average high temperatures sticking around. However, a storm system will approach from the west. This will give the region the chance for a few showers late Sunday with off-and-on rain continuing into Halloween on Monday.