ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Drier, milder, and sunnier weather is slated for the next few days in Southwest and Central Virginia. However, the slightly warmer weather pattern will be short-lived.

High pressure will build into the area for the middle of the week, resulting in more sunshine and milder conditions. For Wednesday and Thursday, mostly sunny skies will be over the region. You’ll probably still need a coat or jacket during the morning hours, through. Morning temperatures will start in the chilly 40s with afternoon highs ranging from the mid-60s and into the mid-70s. These high temperatures will be closer to the seasonal average for the beginning of October.

A weak front will move through late Thursday into Friday. Little moisture will be associated with this front, so rain chances are low. However, a few light mountain rain showers cannot be ruled out. It will be breezy at times Friday with highs in the mid-60s and into the mild mid-70s.

The front will help to bring cooler and drier air to Southwest and Central Virginia by the weekend. A good deal of sunshine is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, but high temperatures will range from the 50s into the mid-60s.

The clear skies and calm winds overnight Saturday into Sunday morning will allow temperatures to fall into the lower and middle 30s. Some higher elevations may drop below the freezing mark. There is the potential for frost in some locations, so be prepared to protect your plants.

It will be a chilly start to Monday, but not as cold as Sunday morning. Mostly sunny skies will continue to stick around in the forecast for the beginning of next week. There will be some south/southwesterly flow to start the week, which will allow temperatures to rebound a bit. Highs for Monday and Tuesday will be in the 60s and lower 70s.