Pinpoint Weather: Showers turn more spotty Thursday; much cooler temps return in the coming days

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Our unsettled weather isn’t going away quite yet.

We’ll continue with a chance of showers through the day today. Overall coverage will be less; however, into this evening, locations just to our south (into North Carolina) may have a risk of some stronger storms after dark.

Thursday’s highs will top out in the 50s in the mountains and in the 60s elsewhere.

On Thursday night, any lingering showers will exit the area. Then, partly to mostly cloudy skies will be overhead.

Low temperatures will be a bit cooler into the 40s.

For New Year’s Eve day on Friday, variably cloudy skies will persist. Another batch of moisture will start to make an approach on our area from the west and southwest late in the day. A few showers could creep in before sunset to areas west of the Blue Ridge. After dark, though, those chances will slowly begin to increase.

Into the late-day timeframe on Friday, a Marginal Risk for storms is possible basically west of Route 8. Any storms that develop could be accompanied by gusty winds. The risk for tornadoes is not currently in the cards.

Friday’s highs range from around 60 in the north to around 70 around Southside.

Showers return across the region on New Year’s Day and will continue into much of Sunday. Models do conflict a bit whether or not there could be a wintry side as the rain exits the region late Sunday. Our western communities could potentially see a wintry mix or a brief change-over to some snow showers late Sunday as the front bringing the precip pushes out of the area. We’ll continue looking at that possibility as models fine-tune the forecast.

Next week looks colder and blustery to start with highs below average. A gradual uptick in temperatures will return us to slightly above normal readings into the middle part of next week but we are trending dry.

Enjoy the day!

Gary Boyer

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