Wednesday once again offers up the combination of a comfortably cool morning and a late summer feel to the afternoon. Similar to the past two days, highs will reach the upper 70s and lower 80s across Southwest and Central Virginia.
Fast-forward to Thursday, and you’ll notice subtle changes. Clouds will increase and keep temperatures from rising quite as high. We’ll still be warm in the 70s.
The increase in clouds comes ahead of a game-changing cold front. Moisture is limited, so we only expected isolated showers late Friday into very early Saturday.
Once this front passes, you’ll notice changes pretty quickly Saturday afternoon. The wind will turn strong at times with gusts up to 40-45 mph in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley and Highlands.
That rush of chilly air will be felt the rest of the weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s. Lows drop into the 40s Sunday morning, though any patchy frost will probably hold off due to leftover wind.
We expect a better chance of mountain frost Monday morning once the wind has calmed a bit.
Afternoon highs bounce back day-by-day next week, but they’ll be in the 60s and 70s - not the 70s and 80s of this week.