ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — You may want to keep the umbrella on hand this Thursday. Rain showers are lingering in the forecast.
A cold front will slowly move toward the east Thursday with morning temperatures starting in the 50s and 60s. While showers will taper off in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands during the morning hours, spotty showers will continue to move through areas east of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the mid-afternoon. A couple of isolated storms may develop in Virginia’s Piedmont, but much of the severe weather will stay further east.
Cloud cover will gradually decrease from west to east during the day. High temperatures will be in the cooler mid-50s and into the mid-60s. The evening looks drier with only a slight chance for showers in the forecast. Overnight lows will be in the lower 40s and 30s.
Breezy and cooler conditions are in store for Friday. Highs will be in the lower 60s and 50s with scattered hit-or-miss showers moving in during the afternoon. Those along west-facing slopes and in areas west of I-77 could see a wintry mix of rain and snow late Friday into Saturday.
By Saturday morning, temperatures will be in the cold 30s. Gardeners may want to cover their plants or bring potted plants inside. Variably cloudy skies will be overhead with mountain highs in the 40s and high temperatures in the 50s elsewhere.
The cooler weather pattern will linger into Sunday. Winds will still be breezy at times, but drier weather is in the forecast. Southwest and Central Virginia will start the morning with temperatures in the cold 30s. By the afternoon, temperatures will be in the 50s.
Prepare for a cold start to Monday with morning temperatures in the 30s again. However, warmer weather will return to the region. Thanks to an area of high pressure, high temperatures are expected to reach the 60s and 70s. This mild temperature trend will continue through the middle of next week.