Southwest and Central Virginia are off to a cold start for Thursday with morning low temperatures in the 20s across the region. Although the morning will be frigid, afternoon temperatures will make their way into the cool low to upper 50s. Skies will generally be mostly sunny, but high-level cirrus clouds will move in throughout the day. We’ll really start to notice an increase in cloud cover during the night as temperatures slip down into the 30s.
Expect mostly cloudy to overcast skies for Friday. The morning will start out dry, but rain is forecast for later in the day. Models have not agreed on the timing of this particular system. Rain chances will increase during the afternoon with rain becoming widespread and heavy during the evening and overnight hours. Anywhere from 0.5 – 2.0″ of rain are possible, with the highest amounts expected east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The wet weather will taper off Saturday morning/midday, but winds will pick up. High temperatures will be in the 50s. Snow will develop against the west-facing slopes Saturday afternoon.
Brisk northwest winds will filter colder air into the region. High temperatures will be in the 40s for Sunday and into the new work week.
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