A freezing start Thursday will warm to below average

The Easter weekend forecast is much warmer and dry

POSTED: 12:00 AM EDT Apr 16, 2014    UPDATED: 03:55 AM EDT Apr 17, 2014 

A freeze warning is in effect for hometowns mainly east of the Blue Ridge until 9 AM Thursday morning. As high pressure builds overhead, winds relax and we'll be in another frosty set up. Widespread frost is expected once again.

We'll slowly begin to warm through the afternoon with highs nearing 60. Clear skies is likely once again tonight. Lows will fall to just above freezing therefore a patchy frost is possible once again.

The noticeable change in warming temperatures will come Friday through Sunday with highs returning to the mid/upper 60s.

THE WEEKEND

Some  improvements to the weekend forecast. It should remain dry with seasonable warmth. Highs reach the mid and upper 60s while overnight lows dip into the 40s.

NEXT WEEK

Can't rule out an isolated shower early next week (Tuesday), but it remains generally dry and quiet with mid to upper 70s expected by the middle of the week.