Happy Easter Sunday from all of us in the Pinpoint Weather Center!

As we head into Sunday night, clouds will start moving in with rain becoming likely across the region late at night.

Temperatures will fall back into the 30s to near 40.

Into western Nelson County, a Freeze Warning is in effect tonight into early Monday morning. Here, lows are expected to drop down to a few degrees below freezing.

Monday is just going to be a miserable weather day with rain across the region. Into the mountains, that rain will likely mix with snow – possibly even some sleet into parts of the Alleghany Highlands. A full transition to all snow can’t be ruled out into the western slopes.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for western Highland and western Nelson counties where elevations above 2000 feet can possibly see 2-5 inches of snow – mainly on grassy areas. Further west into the western slopes of West Virginia, up to 2″ of snow could fall. There could also be some ice accretion of up to 1/10 of an inch in these areas.

East winds will also be picking up a bit over parts of the region – reaching the 10-20 mph range for some of us. Those winds will switch out of the northwest late in the day after a cold front passes through.

Highs across the region will only reach the 30s in the mountains and the lower and middle 40s elsewhere.

By Monday night, rain will start to push out of the region. Lingering clouds will gradually erode in the east, though they’ll stick around west of the Blue Ridge. Some lingering mountain flurries will also be likely.

Lows drop back into the 30s for most of us.

By Tuesday, we’ll still have some lingering mountain flurries possible. The rest of us will have partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will warm up into the 40s and 50s.

We’ll continue a gradual warming trend through the rest of the week ahead with dry conditions persisting.

Wednesday’s highs will reach the 50s and 60s. Thursday, we’re in the 60s and 70s and by Friday, we’ve got highs in the 70s and 80s.

So, yes, Monday will be cold and rainy (snowy for some) but that miserable weather will only last for a day. With a big warm-up in store later in the upcoming week, we’ll be feeling like spring again in no time.

Enjoy the last day of the weekend! I’ll talk to you tonight on WFXR News First at Ten – after NASCAR.

Gary Boyer