ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The middle of the week is looking drier and brighter. However, cooler conditions are back in the forecast.
For Wednesday, morning temperatures will start in the chilly 30s and 40s. Brisk northwest winds will blow through Southwest and Central Virginia with gusts ranging from 25-35 mph. Mostly sunny skies will be overhead. High temperatures will be in the 50s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. The Roanoke Valley, Southside, and Central Virginia will experience highs in the lower and middle 60s.
Winds will taper off Wednesday night. With calmer conditions and clear skies in place, overnight temperatures are expected to fall into the 30s and lower 40s. Patchy frost may develop in some spots by Thursday morning. Remember to take proper precautions to protect your gardens and plants.
Thursday will be sunny and dry. It will still be cooler than average for this time of year with afternoon temperatures reaching the 60s and lower 70s. Some clouds will begin to move through Thursday night. It will still get chilly outside with overnight lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
More clouds are in the forecast for Friday. Spotty light rain showers are possible in parts of the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Otherwise, much of the region will notice variably cloudy skies and high temperatures in the 60s.
A slow warming trend is expected during the weekend, but the weather will become a bit unsettled. Highs will be in the 60s and lower 70s for both Saturday and Sunday. A warm front near Southwest and Central Virginia could spark a couple of rain showers Saturday. However, showers and a few storms are possible for Sunday. The weekend doesn’t look to be a washout, but you may want to keep an umbrella on hand if you’re heading to any outdoor events, like the Vinton Dogwood Festival. Overall, the potential for rain is higher on Sunday.
Passing showers and isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday. It will be warmer for the beginning of the upcoming week with highs in the 70s.