Windy and cooler conditions to end the week

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While the weather is looking much drier to end the week, gusty winds and below-average temperatures are in the forecast for Friday.

Much of the region is starting Friday morning with temperatures anywhere from the 40s in Central Virginia and Southside to the cold 30s in the New River Valley and Alleghany Highlands. Some folks west of the Blue Ridge Parkway will see the chance for a little wintry weather early Friday morning. Little to no accumulation is expected since we’ve been pretty warm for the past few days. Up to one inch or so of snow is possible at higher elevations in Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties. There will be plenty of sunshine later in the day, but that won’t help to warm up temperatures during the afternoon. Highs will mainly be in the 50s across Southwest Virginia, with a few mid to upper 40s in parts of the Alleghany Highlands and New River Valley.

Winds won’t be as aggressive for Friday, but they will still be brisk. The Wind Advisory has been extended into Friday evening. Northwest winds 15 – 25 mph are expected and gusts as high as 45 mph are possible. These winds will jostle around high-profile vehicles and blow around light outdoor objects. A few trees may fall and branches may break, so power outages are possible.

Cold conditions are expect Friday overnight and into Saturday morning. Patchy frost is possible since temperatures may dip close to or below the freezing mark. Due to the cold temperatures. Rockbridge County is under a Freeze Watch for Friday morning into Saturday morning. Those counties that have already entered the 2020 growing season could be added to this watch at a later time.

Winds will relax Saturday and we’re starting to see the weather calm down for a bit. It will be a dry start to the weekend with mostly sunny skies and slightly warmer afternoon temperatures in the spring-like 60s.

However, the dry weather doesn’t last long. Showers and storms will return for Easter Sunday and into Monday morning. Sunday will start off dry, but a line of showers and storms will move through later in the day. Wet weather is likely and strong storms are not out of the question at this point. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to keep you updated as we approach Easter Sunday.

Showers and storms are possible Monday morning before exiting the region before noon. Winds will pick up and temperatures will cool back down for the middle of next week.

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