Pinpoint Weather: Workweek starts mild, ends with a taste of winter for some; growing season concludes in the mountains

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Trick-or-treaters, your night is nearly here!

We’re looking dry into the afternoon on Sunday with highs ranging in the 50s in the mountains and into the 60s elsewhere but it will be a bit breezy at times with winds in the 10-20 mph range. Some gusts up to 30 mph will be possible in the higher elevations.

For tonight, be sure the kids have some insulation under their costumes as it will still be a bit breezy, though the winds will be starting to lessen outside slightly during the evening.

We will continue dry, though. Evening temperatures, for those trick-or-treaters will range from the low to mid 50s in the mountains and in the mid 50s to the lower 60s east of the Blue Ridge. Just remember that temperatures will start to drop quickly after sunset. Lows will ultimately bottom out into the 40s.

Monday continues to look like the best day, weather-wise, for the week with a decent amount of sunshine for most, though clouds will linger a bit longer into the NRV but by the afternoon, those leftover clouds will largely exit.

Monday’s highs will range from the 50s in the mountains to the mid 60s further east with a few upper 60s possible east of Route 29.

Starting on Tuesday we’ll start a bit of a cooling trend as highs cool off into the upper 50s to the lower 50s in the mountains and in the mid to upper 50s further east. There is a chance for some showers. The best locations for seeing those showers, at the current time, looks to be mostly north of Route 460.

We’ll see lows drop back close to the freezing mark in the NRV and the Alleghany Highlands, so some frost advisories and/or freeze warnings could be tossed up, so plan on protecting any sensitive outdoor vegetation.

Those temperatures look to continue into Wednesday as the area dries out.

On Thursday and Friday, a cold front makes an approach on the area that will bring more widespread showers likely. Highs will cool back into the 40s over much of the area. By Thursday night, temperatures will cool back into the 30s for many of us. Some moisture will still be in place and there is a risk for some rain mixing with snow at times toward the Alleghany Highlands.

Snow showers could linger along the western slopes into early Saturday before we start to dry out. Highs will continue below average into the 40s in the mountains and into the 50s further east.

We’re watching some activity in the tropics as well as Subtropical Storm Wanda continues churning toward the central Atlantic. It’s expected to turn more northerly and ultimately northeasterly through this coming week which means that it will pose no direct impact on the U.S. mainland.

The naming of Wanda officially wraps up the primary list of names that are used to name tropical/subtropical systems in the Atlantic and we now use the supplemental list for future names for the rest of the year.

This is only the third time that we have used up all of the names on the primary list. The other years, besides 2021 that this has happened was in 2005 and 2020. This is the first time in history that we have used up the primary list of names in back-to-back years (2020 and 2021).

Another system that the National Hurricane Center is watching is off the coast of Africa. There is a 30 percent chance of development in the next several days but it is expected to enter an area less favorable for development as we head into the end of this coming week. It’s something that bears watching, though.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has announced the official end of the growing season in the Alleghany Highlands and the New River Valley.

What does this mean?

Simply, that they will not issue any Frost or Freeze Advisories, Watches or Warnings again until the Spring. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to harvest!

I’ll have your full forecast tonight after Game 5 of the World Series!

Gary Boyer

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