ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While you may need the jacket this Thursday morning, you won’t need it for very long!
Mostly clear skies and calm winds overnight have caused temperatures to fall into the 40s and upper 30s for Thursday morning. However, another warm day is in store for Southwest Virginia with highs in the middle 70s and into the lower 80s. It will be a sunny start to the day, but clouds will gradually move in later on as a cold front approaches the region. It will be breezy at times, too.
The approaching cold front will cause rain chances to increase during the late afternoon hours and into the evening. However, not everyone will see wet weather. The best chance for showers is west of the Blue Ridge with some locations seeing up to a quarter of an inch or less. Otherwise, as the front continues to move toward the east, the showers will fizzle out. A few spots east of the Blue Ridge may see some light rain and parts of the piedmont may not see any rain at all. The cold front will be out of our area before sunrise Friday. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.
Friday will be a bit breezy and temperatures will be cooler. Expect a variable mix of sun and clouds with high temperatures in the 60s. High school football games should go off without a hitch. You may want a jacket though as temperatures will be in the lower 60s and 50s during the evening. Overnight lows will be in the 40s.
The weekend is looking relatively dry with the seasonably cool temperatures sticking around in the forecast. A mix of sun and clouds will be overhead both days with breezy conditions Saturday. High temperatures Saturday will be in the 60s while some spots will warm up into the lower to mid-70s for Sunday afternoon.
Showers are expected to return to the forecast for the beginning of the upcoming week. Showers, as well as a few storms, are slated to develop late Monday and Tuesday. There are some details that still need to be ironed out, though. One issue is the timing of the system, which can impact how much rain we see and when we could see it. Other than the chance for rain, it will be seasonably cool with highs in the middle 60 – lower 70s Monday and upper 50s – middle 60s Tuesday.