Cool air and clouds fade soon

Our wedge setup starts to erode; sunshine and warmer air return
Published: Sep. 1, 2023 at 3:52 AM EDT|Updated: 3 hours ago
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  • Cloudy skies remain overnight
  • Rain and drizzle possible into Thursday
  • Clearing up for the weekend


Overnight lows will be in the 50s with patchy fog for a few hometowns. Some of us will see light rain and some mist into Thursday. We aren’t tracking widespread showers.

Patchy fog and light drizzle are possible.
Patchy fog and light drizzle are possible.(WDBJ7)


Our cool air wedge will start to erode on Thursday which will help us see a few peeks of sun return. Below average temperatures will continue but we will be roughly 5-10°F warmer than what we witnessed on Wednesday. Afternoon highs will read in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Temperatures gradually warm with the sun popping in at times.
Temperatures gradually warm with the sun popping in at times.(WDBJ7)

For Thursday we will still see occasional showers/mist at times.

Closing out the workweek we could still see some stray showers early Friday followed by partial clearing. Temperatures will warm in the 70s for many hometowns.


High pressure will build in this weekend leading to a drier weather pattern. Afternoon highs will start to warm back up into the 70s (near seasonable!) Clouds will decrease during the day on Saturday with mostly sunny skies by Sunday.

High pressure will lead to more sunshine and warmer temperatures this weekend.
High pressure will lead to more sunshine and warmer temperatures this weekend.(WDBJ Weather)

High pressure will continue to hover over our region even past the weekend. This isn’t good news for folks under the severe and moderate drought. Beneficial rain is not looking likely for the next 7 days.


The drought monitor updates every Thursday morning. Because of our recent dry stretches, some of our hometowns are now included in a Severe and Moderate drought. A Severe Drought is more extreme than Moderate, but regardless we are witnessing very dry conditions for our viewing area.


The tropics remain active as we work through the peak of hurricane season. For our interactive tracking map and more information, visit our Hurricane Center.


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