ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Prepare to bundle up this Friday! Southwest and Central Virginia will feel the effects of an arctic blast to end the week.
A cold front from the north will pass through Southwest and Central Virginia early Friday. Behind this front are cold blustery winds from the northwest. Gusts of 20-30 mph are expected, but higher elevations may notice gusts as high as 40 mph.
Due to the colder air moving in, temperatures will mainly be in the 20s and 30s for the day with clearing skies overhead. Wind chills below zero are possible in the Alleghany Highlands.
Winds will gradually lessen during the overnight hours. However, a bitterly cold night is ahead. Overnight temperatures will drop down into the sub-freezing teens.
An area of high pressure will keep the dry weather in place Saturday. It will be a very cold start to the day, but mostly sunny skies will help afternoon temperatures reach the chilly upper 30s and lower 40s.
Southwest winds will allow for milder conditions Sunday. It will be a cold morning with temperatures in the 20s. However, afternoon temperatures will be in the 50s under mostly to partly cloudy skies.
The warming trend will continue into the upcoming week. The southwest flow will result in morning temperatures in the 30s and 40s. For Monday, high temperatures will be in the 50s under mostly sunny skies. By Tuesday and Wednesday, highs will be in the 50s and lower 60s. Rain will have the chance to return late Wednesday and Thursday.