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Dry for now; Timing out Friday's showers and storms

Published On: Apr 01 2015 12:00:00 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2015 06:52:26 PM EDT

Clear and cool tonight. Clouds increase with showers by Friday

A gorgeous evening underway with temperatures slowly dropping into the 50s this evening, with lows tonight in the upper 30s to low 40s under partly cloudy skies. Winds also remain light.

Thursday is our transition day. Much of the day will be mostly sunny along with dry conditions. Clouds will entering from the southwest during the evening, turning variably cloudy overnight.

Warm air will arrive ahead of the approaching front. This will help bump up highs into the low 70s.

Thursday night, a few scattered showers can be expected with lows only falling to the upper 50s.

FRIDAY

A front will sweep across the region Friday night into early Saturday. During the day, expect variably cloudy skies, with an occasional shower. By the evening, rain showers and even a few thunderstorms are likely with this system. High temperatures remain mild ahead of the front, reaching the low 70s.

STORM RISK: While several elements are in place for thunderstorm development Friday evening, the highest risk area is in far Southwest Virginia. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a "Marginal" risk of severe storms for places like Bristol and Marion. The main threat would be hail. We will continue to monitor the storm threat.

EASTER WEEKEND

As for now, it will be a 50/50 weekend. Saturday features morning clouds and perhaps a lingering stray shower in the east,  then afternoon clearing. Much cooler air will blow in with a gusty northwest wind Saturday. Skies dry out by Easter Sunday with pleasant temperatures and sunshine for Easter Egg Hunts across the area!

SUNRISE EASTER MORNING will be exactly 7AM in Roanoke.