Pinpoint Weather: Trending milder into the weekend, tracking Saturday cold front

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While Southwest Virginia experienced December-like temperatures for the past few days, we’re looking at milder temperatures in the forecast as we head into the weekend.

Friday morning will start with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the chilly 30s. Southerly flow will for milder conditions this afternoon. Highs are anticipated to reach the 50s across Southwest Virginia. However, we’ll also have some moisture making its way into the region, as well. A few spotty rain showers cannot be ruled out. Skies will remain mostly cloudy for the overnight hours with low temperatures in the middle and upper 40s.

Saturday will be our “mildest” day ahead. Due to an approaching cold front from the west and winds coming in from the south, highs will be in the 60s and lower 70s. This cold front will also bring in rain. A few showers cannot be ruled out for the morning, but rain chances are higher Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

There is the potential for gusty winds along the front. Western Highland County and northwestern Pocahontas County will be under a High Wind Watch Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. West winds between 20 – 30 mph are expected with gusts as high as 60 mph possible. Power outages may occur in some spots. The brisk winds will also make travel difficult, especially for those driving high-profile vehicles.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the region (with the exception of the Alleghany Highlands) under a Marginal Risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon/evening. The main concern is blustery winds with gusts ranging from 30 – 40 mph. There is a very low risk for brief isolated tornadoes to spin up, mainly east of the Blue Ridge.

We’re still dealing with drought conditions in areas east of the Blue Ridge. However, much of Southwest Virginia is abnormally dry. While this cold front will bring some rain, it won’t be enough to alleviate the dry conditions. Less than an inch of rainfall is expected across the region late Saturday. The rain should exit off toward the east early Sunday morning.

Drier and colder air will filter into the region Sunday. Skies will clear during the morning and winds will still be a bit breezy at times. High temperatures will make their way into the 40s and 50s by the afternoon. Temperatures will actually be closer to seasonal average Sunday, but we’ll see another warming trend into next week.

Another area of high pressure will build into Southwest Virginia behind Saturday’s cold front. This will result in dry conditions as we head into the upcoming week. Plenty of sunshine is slated for Monday with slightly milder high temperatures in the upper 40s and 50s. By Tuesday and Wednesday, highs will be in the middle 50s and into the middle 60s.

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