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Mild weather continues ahead of late-week front

A few showers are possible late Thursday
Mild Thursday with changes coming into the weekend.
Mild Thursday with changes coming into the weekend.(WDBJ7 Weather)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:49 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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  • Highs return to the 70s on Thursday
  • Front could bring overnight showers into Friday
  • Cool, dry air returns for the weekend

MILD THROUGH THURSDAY

No big changes into Thursday as our mild weather is set to continue ahead of a front. After a cool morning, highs will warm back into the 70s with even a few spots east of the Blue Ridge at or above 80 degrees. We’ll continue to see plenty of sunshine through the day with an increase in clouds by the evening.

70s and a few 80s are on the board ahead of the late week front.
70s and a few 80s are on the board ahead of the late week front.(WDBJ7 Weather)
The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks Wednesday night into Thursday morning.(WDBJ7)

LATE-WEEK COLD FRONT

The next cold front will approach our region late Thursday night bringing a few stray showers followed by much cooler air by the weekend. The best chance of seeing showers will be in the mountains, but a few stray showers could move east. We should be dry for Friday night football games.

Another cold front will bring a few showers back into the area late Thursday.
Another cold front will bring a few showers back into the area late Thursday.(WDBJ Weather)
Isolated showers are possible late Thursday.
Isolated showers are possible late Thursday.(WDBJ Weather)

High temperatures go from the 70s earlier in the week to the mid-60s by the 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.