Rain possible for Friday, warming trend into next week

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It will be dry and cloudy for much of Friday in Southwest Virginia.

While a few breaks in the cloud cover is possible for the morning hours, clouds will quickly increase throughout the day. Afternoon temperatures will reach the 40s, near-average for this time of year. A system in the Gulf of Mexico will throw some moisture toward Southwest Virginia for Friday afternoon and evening. This will mainly be a cold rain event. However, wet snow and wintry mix is possible at higher elevations above 3,000 ft. Don’t get too excited if you live in these areas though; if any snow sticks, it will generally be less than an inch.

Much of the rain and snow will come to an end for Saturday. There is the chance for some spotty showers (maybe some flurries) in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Mountain snow is possible along the west-facing slopes of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties. Otherwise, the rest of Southwest Virginia will start to dry out as winds pick up. Temperatures will reach the upper 40s and low 50s.

A warming trend will take place for the weekend. We’re looking at drier weather for Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Sunday. Winds will pick up at times, but these winds will help to clear out the clouds. Expect mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s.

An area of high pressure moves in for Monday. The dry weather continues and spring-like temperatures are in the forecast. Warming winds will allow afternoon temperatures to reach the 60s and even the low 70s in the Piedmont.

The mild weather continues into Tuesday, but clouds will increase and rain returns to the forecast for the middle of next week. Cooler air will move back into Southwest Virginia after next week.

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