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Cold front brings fall-like air; keeps tropical trouble away

We trade Wednesday’s summer heat for a preview of fall the next few days

Tracking the next cold front
Tracking the next cold front

ROANOKE, Va. – We came close to hitting 90° Wednesday afternoon, but we’ll take yet another reprieve from that over the next few days. A cold front moving through the area will keep scattered showers moving west to east through midday.

Behind it, clouds and humidity levels gradually decrease. A gusty breeze from the northwest will keep high temperatures around 75-80° for most of the area.

High temperature forecast for Thursday, 9/9/2021

This front, thankfully, keeps both Larry and Mindy away from southwest and central Virginia. Both storms will move over the ocean and away from the U.S. after Thursday.

Tropical headlines as of 3 a.m., September 9, 2021

As humidity levels continue dropping, we’ll have set the stage for a cool night. By Friday morning, we’ll wake up to temperatures in the 50s. (It’ll likely be a few degrees cooler by Saturday morning.)

Overnight lows heading into Friday morning, 9/10/2021

Talk about a perfect weekend for the Beaver Dam Sunflower Festival! Expect lots of sunshine with temperatures rising each afternoon.

Forecast for the Beaver Dam Sunflower Festival

This comes as the jet stream lifts to the north. As it does so, we go right back to summer. Highs will be in the 80s in the higher elevations and 90s elsewhere Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Upper air pattern - Monday, 9/13/2021

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.