There will be one more day of the dry and near record warmth in the Commonwealth before a cold front moves across the region and cools us back to normal fall temperatures. The low sun angle this time of year makes it difficult to warm up quickly, but the warm flow migrating into our area from the southwest is doing a good job. After some misty starts the region first has to deal with dissipating the fog, then the solar energy heads in to warm the earth, which in turn warms the air. Highs will be in the 80s once again today and the process will begin again on Friday.
Late on Friday we will notice a good deal of cloud cover in the west that will be ahead of the front. A mild night is expected with the clouds keeping the warmth from the day under a blanket of clouds. The frontal boundary will bring some rain to the region, but mainly west of the spine of the Appalachian Range.
Rainfall will be light and spotty east of the mountains Saturday with most areas getting less than a tenth of an inch. The most notable feature with the frontal passage will be the uptick in the wind. Winds along mountain ridges will be in the 20 – 30 mph range at times Saturday and at lower elevations there may be winds near 20 mph. So batten down the hatches for the weekend and if you have placed any inflatables out in the yard for Halloween, you may want to secure them a bit this weekend.
Following the light rain and wind will be the cooler air. Temps will generally be in the middle to upper 60s for afternoon highs on both Monday and Tuesday, with lows in the 40s. Expect only 50s on Sunday at higher elevated locations and lows in the 30s. Breezy conditions linger into Sunday as well, but a bit more relaxed. The region warms to the 70s next week.
Leaves are changing above 3000 feet but are not nearly as vibrant as we have seen in the past. Sill lovely, so enjoy the fall palette of colors, they will only last a couple more weeks.
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