Although there will be a noticeable chill in the air, it is about what we should expect for early October. The skies will be clear tonight and the air will be dry so that will allow any heat that we gained today in the Highlands, NRV and Roanoke Valley to “radiate” away. In other words, it will be chilly tonight. Some locations will get close to the freezing mark, in fact some of the higher elevated locations in the Alleghany Highlands will more than likely see the mercury dip below 32°. The Frost Advisory for the area is highlighting the counties that will see the potential for widespread frost, but some locals in the NRV and even the Roanoke Valley may get some frost.
Time to bring in the perishable plants off the porch and cover the plants outside that you want to save from the cold.
Saturday looks to be a chilly and sunny day. So once you get up and have your cup of morning coffee or tea I advise you to see if you can’t make plans for a nice outdoor activity. Get out and take a walk in the neighborhood, hike in the hills, take a bike ride if you desire or enjoy a pleasant drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The leaves are starting to change and before you know it they will be brown and on the ground. This is a lovely time of year, so enjoy. The WFXR Pumpkin Patch is open (figuratively speaking as we have no actual pumpkin patch) so maybe pick out a pumpkin for the kiddos.
Sunday will be another great day although some clouds may arrive late in the day. The clouds will be moving in from the west and there is a chance for some light rain in the western counties. Roanoke and Lynchburg may not see much, but Blacksburg and Lewisburg should see a few showers. Not thinking snow at this time as the air is not quite cold enough, but if the precipitation falls at the right level and at the right time, you may see one or two flakes in Pocahontas county…just saying, not really forecasting.
Monday will see a quick end to the precipitation and my guess it will not make it past sunrise. Look for the sun to return and a warming trend to begin. I don’t see much more than sunshine and warmer conditions next week.
By the way, the tropics are heating up again. Tropical Storm Gamma has developed and will be impacting the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and tomorrow. Gamma will kick out into the Gulf of Mexico later this weekend. Check out Tracking the Tropics right here on this website. Gamma is the 24th named storm of the 2020 season in the Atlantic Basin.
Stay safe and healthy
Check out my Digital Original story on the way weather impacts the fall foliage
Check out the two full moons this month.
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