Sunny and windy Thursday with cold air on the way

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A cold front will sweep through Southwest Virginia early Thursday, resulting in windy conditions and cold air filtering in.

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 7:00 a.m. Thursday to midnight for counties along and west of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Northwest winds 15 – 25 mph are possible, as well as gusts as high as 50 mph. The strong winds will be during the afternoon hours.

Plenty of sunshine is in the forecast for Thursday, but temperatures will be cooler. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 50s, close to 60, in Southside and Central Virginia. 50s are expected in the Roanoke Valley. Portions of the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands will have temperatures drop during the afternoon with some locations in the 40s.

Winds will die down overnight and temperatures will take a tumble. Prepare for winter-like temperatures Friday morning, with lows in the 20s and teens! Clouds will increase later in the day and afternoon temperatures will be near-average for the middle of January, reaching the 40s.

Saturday still looks to be cold and messy. A system to our west will move in Saturday morning. A mix of precipitation will move into the area ahead of a warm front which will have to overtake the cold pool of air at the surface.  The precipitation starts off as snow, then a change over to sleet and/or freezing rain then to a cold rain during the afternoon. Models are still not agreeing on the timing of this system, which will impact when we start to see precipitation falling from the sky and what we see coming down. This will NOT be a big snow/ice storm, but it will cause headaches for Saturday.

Ice accumulation, if any, will be light in portions of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, and Alleghany Highlands. Areas along and north of the I-64 corridor could potentially see isolated areas of 0.1″ of ice. There maybe slick spots on the roadways, so use caution while traveling.

A few snow showers are possible along the west -facing slopes of Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties Sunday, but much of Southwest Virginia will see skies clear and winds becoming blustery. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s/mid 40s.

Another cold front will move through Sunday, bringing winter-like air to Southwest Virginia. Dry air will be in place for the beginning of next week, but afternoon highs will only reach the 30s and morning temperatures will range from the 20s and into the teens.


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