Scattered overnight showers and storms
Temperatures warm into the mid 70s this afternoon
- Late-night cold front arrives
- A few strong storms are possible
- Cooler for the end of the week
REST OF THIS EVENING
A cold front will enter the region from the west after sunset pushing a broken line of showers and storms into the area between 9 PM and Midnight.
STORM IMPACTS: The main threat from any storms that do develop would be strong damaging wind gusts and even some hail. The risk of a tornado is low, but cannot be ruled out in far southwest Virginia into the North Carolina mountains.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed the extreme western part of our area under a Slight Risk of severe storms.
This system will gradually be moving out of the area by Thursday morning, however, lingering clouds, fog and a few showers are possible behind the front. Any rainfall would be sporadic and generally light through midday. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the 60s with winds increasing behind the cold front.
Most of Thursday looks mostly cloudy, with some clearing late in the afternoon. High temperatures stay in the mid 60s with upper 50s for counties along and west of the Blue Ridge.
An area of cold air aloft will move overhead Friday. This may help bring some snow showers to the West Virginia mountains and a few spotty rain showers elsewhere. With the low freezing level, even some of the weaker showers may contain some small hail, but should remain below severe limits. Afternoon highs Friday will be in the mid to upper 50s.
Friday evening, an upper-level disturbance will move overhead with the potential for even a few snow showers outside the mountains. However, any accumulating snow would be along the highest elevations along the West Virginia/Virginia line.
We turn much cooler for the Martinsville race weekend with highs in the mid-upper 50s. It will be dry with chilly lows in the 30s. There could be the potential for frost in some areas once again.
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