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Strong fall front brings major weekend cool down

Highs will be 20 degrees cooler than what we saw this past week
Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 3:44 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 9:24 PM EDT
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  • Dry, mild night for high school football
  • Few Saturday showers early Saturday
  • Much cooler air by Sunday

Another bonus night for high school football players and fans. Temperatures drop from the upper 70s at kickoff to the low 70s by the end of the 4th quarter.

WEEKEND COLD FRONT

A strong cold front has been inching its way across the country this week and will finally make it into the region Saturday. Expect more clouds to start the day but only scattered shower coverage between 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Rain totals will be modest with higher amounts (up to .50″) west of the I-81 corridor. Little if any rainfall east of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Saturday’s highs will be dependent on the cold front timing over your area. Temperatures will be at their warmest early in the day (60s & 70s), before slowly dropping through the afternoon as the cooler, northwest breezes takeover. Winds increase through the afternoon and evening with gusts topping 25 mph at times.

Only scattered showers are expected early Saturday morning with cooler air to follow.
Only scattered showers are expected early Saturday morning with cooler air to follow.(WDBJ7 Weather)

MUCH COOLER AIR RETURNS SUNDAY

Sunday morning lows will easily be in the mid-40s behind our cold front. Skies remain partly to mostly sunny with afternoon highs only reaching the upper 50s in the mountains, with low 60s elsewhere. Winds also remain breezy at times Sunday afternoon, gusting 15-20 mph at times.

Falling temperatures Saturday afternoon and we remain chilly on Sunday.
Falling temperatures Saturday afternoon and we remain chilly on Sunday.(WDBJ Weather)

NEXT WEEK

The weekend cool down is short-lived as high temperatures begin moderating early in the week. We’ll have several days with highs in the 70s starting Tuesday through Thursday before another strong front makes its way into the region cooling down temperatures once again for next weekend.

This temperature roller coaster will likely continue through the end of the month as we slowly transition fully into fall. Speaking of, the recent warmth slowed down the changing of the leaves some, but the cool nights should jumpstart those changes once again.

We anticipate peak foliage during the final weeks of October in most locations. Slightly sooner in the higher elevations. Across the Southside and Central VA, the peak is expected in early November.