Pinpoint Weather: Mountain showers linger Sunday as winds pick up; much cooler into the first week of Nov.

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Welcome to the weekend!

Clouds will linger into the afternoon on Saturday and also continuing into Saturday night. Some patchy drizzle or light rain is possible in the eastern part of the region. Further west, a bit better chance for some showers – especially into the mountains.

We’re looking for overnight lows to range into the low to mid 40s in the mountains and the mid to upper 40s – maybe near 50 further east.

Overnight, the opportunity for some areas of fog will be possible.

By the morning, most of us should be dry; however, showers will continue pushing out of the NRV and the Highlands. By the afternoon, we should start clearing in the west with a fair amount of sunshine in the east.

Those of you heading to Martinsville for the big race, you’ll need a jacket but we should be dry.

Highs will range in the 50s in the mountains to the lower and middle 60s along the Blue Ridge and the mid to upper 60s further east.

We’ll also be noticing that we’ll be a bit breezy through the day as well as most of us will see winds in the 10-20 mph range. Winds could gust in the 20-30 mph along and west of the Blue Ridge on Sunday.

For the trick-or-treaters on Sunday night, the weather will be dry but cool and breezy, so be sure the youngsters are bundled up under their costumes.

Monday will be the nicest day of the next seven as Mostly Sunny skies will rule the day. Highs will continue into the 50s to near 60 in the mountains and into the 60s east of the Blue Ridge.

Tuesday (Election Day) is looking largely cloudy, though we will have some peeks of sunshine through the day. We’re looking a bit cooler as well with highs into the 50s over most of the area – maybe some lower 60s in the east.

We’ll continue on the cooler side on Wednesday as we’re looking Partly Cloudy with highs into the upper 40s to near 50 in the mountains and into the 50s elsewhere.

On Thursday, we can expect another bout of rain coming into the area.

We can’t rule out some snow showers mixing in in the highest elevations of the Alleghany Highlands late in the day on Thursday and into Thursday night with most of us remaining in the 40s for highs with some lower 50s east of the Blue Ridge.

Some showers are expected to linger into Friday with a slight uptick in the temperatures as highs are expected to be in the 40s to the lower 50s.

Next Saturday looks dry with highs continuing to be below normal into the 40s and lower 50s.

The tropics have turned slightly more active with an area of interest in the north-central Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center has named Wanda as a Subtropical Storm. As of the first advisory on this system, winds were at 50 mph and the storm is quickly moving toward the SE at 21 mph. The good news, this system will remain out to sea and will pose no direct impact on the U.S. mainland.

Another area of interest is off of the coast of Africa. It’s expected to move to the northwest and will continue into the west-central Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center says there is only about a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.

With Wanda officially becoming a reality, that wraps up the primary list of Hurricane names in the Atlantic. Now, any future named storms this season (which ends on Nov. 30) will be pulled from the Supplemental list of Hurricane names.

This is only the third time in recorded history that all names on the primary list of Atlantic Hurricane names (2005 and 2020) and the first time where, in back-to-back years, we have used up all of the names in the primary list.

Back locally, is anyone interested in seeing the Northern Lights? There is a slight chance they could be visible in our area Saturday night…under clear conditions. Unfortunately, we’ll be largely cloudy so the likelihood of us seeing anything is very, very low. If you want to chance it, be sure you’re away from city lights, in a flat area and look toward the northern horizon.

I’ll see you tonight with a full weather update after Game 4 of the World Series tonight on WFXR News First at Ten (after the game).

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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