Pinpoint Weather: Strong cold front to bring rain, storms Saturday afternoon; winds to increase through the day, night

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Saturday could be an active day with the threat for strong storms into the afternoon and early-evening.

Before a strong cold front comes into the area, some showers will be possible in the area through early-afternoon. After that, a line of gusty – potentially damaging winds as well as rain, which could be heavy at times and embedded thunderstorms will likely enter the area as we get into the early-to-middle part of the afternoon.

Right now, the severe threat does look relatively low, but this kind of a strong front could still bring isolated damaging winds. We can’t rule out an isolated tornado or two, but that threat – as of this writing – does not look to be overly significant.

Winds will also be increasing throughout the day. Ahead of the front, south and southwest winds will increase to between 10-20 mph with gusts up to 35-40 mph is possible – especially along and west of the Blue Ridge where a Wind Advisory is in effect from later Saturday morning through early Sunday morning.

Highs will range from the upper 50s and lower 60s in the mountains to the upper 60s to the lower 70s elsewhere.

By Saturday evening, the threat for stronger storms will quickly exit the area. Some lingering showers will be possible during the evening. Some of our higher elevations along the western slopes of the Greenbrier Valley could see a few snow showers for a short period.

Winds will switch to the northwest but will continue to be gusty in the 30-40 mph range. The higher elevations could see winds top out closer to 50 mph.

Lows will fall back into the 20s in the mountains to the 30s further east.

Starting on Sunday, we’ll begin an extended dry pattern which will last through next week.

Sunday will be much cooler with winds lessening during the morning. We can expect Sunday’s highs to be a good 15-20 degrees cooler than Saturday’s.

On Monday, we look a bit warmer with highs in the 50s in the mountains to the lower 60s further east.

Tuesday’s temperatures are forecast to be a degree or two warmer than Monday’s.

Wednesday will see temperatures a degree or two cooler than Tuesday’s as the dry pattern continues.

By Thursday, we’re back up well above normal with highs in the 60s in the mountains and into the lower 70s in the east.

Friday still looks mild, but a few degrees cooler than Thursday’s.

With the possibility of stronger storms, be sure you have multiple ways to get potential severe weather warnings. While we’re not anticipating a widespread severe event, there is still a chance that some localities could see a warning or two be issued.

Download the WFXR News app for Android and Apple products. It’s free and with locations being active, you can get alerts for severe weather wherever you are at in this area.

The Pinpoint Weather Team will be watching the weather through the afternoon and will be providing updates through our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter and, should the need arise, on-the-air as well.

Be weather aware today!

Gary Boyer

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