Pinpoint Weather: Mild temperatures to end the week, rain showers possible for start of weekend

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — We’re ending the week on a mild note, but showers will have the chance to pass through.

Overall, much of Southwest Virginia will notice cloudier skies overhead for Friday. It won’t be too chilly of a morning with temperatures starting in the 50s. Despite the cloud cover and the chance for some rain showers, afternoon high temperatures will be in the milder 60s and lower 70s. Southwest winds are to thank for the warmer conditions. These temperatures will be about 15 – 20 degrees above the seasonal average.

A weak front will stall across the Mid-Atlantic for Friday. This front will allow us to see some light rain showers in the area. While some showers may work their way into Southside Virginia, rain chances are slightly higher north of US 460.

The weak front will slowly move northward Saturday with a cold front sweeping through Southwest Virginia during the evening hours. Scattered showers are possible, more so during the afternoon and evening. You may want to keep the umbrella on hand if you’re doing any holiday shopping. It will still be mild Saturday with highs in the middle 60s and into the lower 70s.

While any rainfall we receive will be beneficial, it won’t be enough to help with the drought conditions we’re experiencing, especially east of the Blue Ridge. Between Friday and Saturday, rainfall totals will generally be less than a quarter of an inch in many locations. A few spots may see slightly higher totals.

Cooler and drier air will filter in behind Saturday’s cold front. Some showers may linger into Sunday morning, especially east of the Blue Ridge. Otherwise, expect clearing skies with high temperatures in the chilly lower 50s and 40s. High pressure will gradually build into Southwest Virginia, resulting in fair weather for the beginning of next week.

Model runs suggest the region will stay dry for much of the upcoming week. Although it won’t be nearly as mild, high temperatures will run slightly above average. Morning temperatures will be in the cold 20s and 30s while afternoon temperatures will mainly be in the 40s and 50s.

Only four more days until the winter solstice arrives. Astronomical winter begins on Tuesday, December 21 at 10:58 a.m. The direct rays of the sun are over the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern hemisphere, marking the start of the winter season.

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