ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Friday will be Southwest Virginia’s last day of summer-like warmth before a cold front sweeps through the region Saturday morning.
An area of high pressure will still dominate much of the Mid-Atlantic for Friday. Pockets of fog will impact the Friday morning commute for some drivers. Otherwise, more sunshine is in the forecast with some passing clouds overhead. High temperatures will be in the unseasonably warm upper 70s and 80s. It’s looking like a great night for high school football with temperatures in the mid-60s and into the mid-70s near kickoff. Clouds will increase during the night.
Our main weather feature for the next seven days will be a passing cold front on Saturday. Scattered showers are possible, with our best chance for rain during the late morning hours and into the afternoon. Not everyone will see rain in Southwest and Central Virginia and I don’t think the wet weather will make for a washout. However, you may want to keep the rain jacket on hand if you’re heading to any outdoor events, like Go Fest or the Boones Mill Apple Festival.
The cold front should exit to our east by the mid-afternoon hours. Temperatures will drop behind the front and winds will pick up at times. Winds up to 15 – 20 mph and gusts up to 35 mph are possible, but higher speeds may be reported along ridgetops.
It will be noticeably cooler and breezy for Sunday. Morning temperatures will mainly be in the chilly 40s and wind speeds up to 15 mph may occur at times. Skies will be mostly sunny and it will feel fall-like with highs in the 60s. Higher elevations may only warm up into the upper 50s.
High pressure will take over the region again as we head into the upcoming week, resulting in a quiet weather pattern. Expect plenty of sunshine for much of next week with morning temperatures in the chilly 40s and high temperatures in the seasonal 60s and 70s.