ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Southwest and Central Virginia will be on a temperature rollercoaster as we head into the fall season.
Tuesday will start with some patchy morning fog and temperatures in the mild 60s. Once the fog dissipates, more sunshine is in the forecast with a few passing clouds. The warm pattern will continue with afternoon highs in the upper 70s and 80s.
Skies will generally be mostly clear during the evening hours. Overnight lows will be in the 50s and lower 60s. Pockets of fog will have the chance to develop and linger into Wednesday morning.
Summer will end on a hot note! For Wednesday, warm winds ahead of a strong cold front will allow afternoon temperatures to reach the mid-80s in the Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley. Elsewhere, highs will be close to the 90-degree mark for the last full day of summer. Mostly sunny skies will be overhead.
Temperatures Thursday will be dependent on the timing of the strong cold front. Spots west of the Blue Ridge Parkway could experience highs in the cooler 70s while the summer-like 80-degree temperatures linger in Southside and Central Virginia. A few showers cannot be ruled out during the afternoon and evening hours. Fall 2022 officially arrives at 9:04 p.m. Thursday.
Drier and cooler air will filter in behind the cold front, resulting in autumn-like temperatures for the start of fall. Friday will start with morning temperatures in the crisp 40s and 50s. Afternoon highs will be in the 60s and 70s. Saturday morning will be even cooler with temperatures starting off in the 40s. Those temperatures will rise up into the near-average 70s by the afternoon under a mix of sun and clouds.
While the start of the weekend looks to be pleasant, cloud cover will increase Sunday. There is the potential for some hit-or-miss showers late in the day. More passing rain showers are possible Monday.
TRACKING THE TROPICS
Fiona has become the first major hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm became a category 3 hurricane early Tuesday morning with maximum sustained winds up the 115 mph. Hurricane conditions are expected in the Turks and Caicos this Tuesday. Additional strengthening is expected over the next couple of days.
While the storm will stay offshore from the mainland United States, dangerous surf and rip currents will be an issue along the East Coast.