Cold front delivers chilly air for the weekend
Freeze Watch issued for Sunday morning
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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