Cold front delivers chilly air for the weekend

Freeze Watch issued for Sunday morning
Published: Oct. 7, 2022 at 3:44 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 4:38 PM EDT
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Cold front brings a major weekend cool down!

  • Afternoon highs will range 10-15°F cooler than normal
  • Chance of widespread frost Sunday morning

REST OF THE DAY

A stray, mountain shower is possible this evening thanks to a front pushing through the region. Most of our viewing area will remain dry with increasing clouds and breezy conditions with gusts ranging 15-25 mph.

Temperatures will read in the 60s for most by kickoff with increasing clouds.
Temperatures will read in the 60s for most by kickoff with increasing clouds.(WDBJ7)

Temperatures tonight will drop into the 40s for most with a few low 50s east.

COLD AIR SURGES IN THIS WEEKEND

Highs by Saturday will only read in the 50s for most and a few low 60s thanks to the passage of Friday’s front. Dry conditions are in store with sunshine building in. Even though we will see cold air this weekend expect lots of sun! Afternoon temperatures will range in the 50s for places in the NRV and our mountainous spots. Central and eastern portions of the viewing area will only warm into the low 60s.

Highs tomorrow will be in the 50s and low 60s with lots of sun.
Highs tomorrow will be in the 50s and low 60s with lots of sun.(WDBJ7)

It is possible that some of the coldest air we have felt since early spring will arrive! Lows by Sunday morning look to drop in the 30s area-wide.

Temperatures drop into the 30s Sunday morning.
Temperatures drop into the 30s Sunday morning.(WDBJ Weather)

Patchy frost and/or a light freeze will be possible for areas generally along and west of the Blue Ridge Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings. However, the most likely night for widespread frost will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. That’s why the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for the counties in blue for Saturday night and remains active until 9AM Sunday.

Freeze Watch is active for the counties in blue Saturday night- 9AM Sunday.
Freeze Watch is active for the counties in blue Saturday night- 9AM Sunday.(WDBJ7)

COVER THE PLANTS!

  • Protect plants by covering them with sheets, towels, blankets, cardboard or a tarp. You can also invert baskets, coolers or any container with a solid bottom over plants. Don’t cover with plastic!
  • Water the plants and cover them before dark to trap warmer air.
The chance for frost and a freeze is high for most of the viewing area Sunday morning.
The chance for frost and a freeze is high for most of the viewing area Sunday morning.(WDBJ7)

THE TROPICS

Tropical Storm Julia formed Friday morning and will continue to trek in the southern Caribbean. Thanks to a large area of high pressure across the Gulf of Mexico, Julia will stay well to the south of the U.S. heading towards Nicaragua where it could strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall.

Julia formed Friday morning and will not be a threat to the United States.
Julia formed Friday morning and will not be a threat to the United States.(WDBJ7)

Track the latest in our Hurricane Center or on our new WDBJ7 Weather Stream.