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Cold front provided showers southside

By Robin Reed, rreed@wdbj7.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 12:00:00 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 05:27:57 AM EDT

Showers were well ahead of a cool front.  Fair weather moves in Tuesday night and will stick around until Friday.

A brief cool down is expected today as highs only make it into the mid/upper 60s despite the sunny skies. The dry air and strong winds will reflect the FIRE WEATHER WARNING for hometowns along the Mountain Empire, NRV, and portions of Central Virginia from 11 AM until 8 PM today.

A brisk wind today will blow from the northwest between 15-20 mph. Gusts are possible up to 30 mph across several hometowns.

Lows tonight drop into the mid and upper 30s due to clear skies and low humidity. Patchy frost is possible where temperatures fall to or below freezing in deep mountain valleys and farther east where growing season has begun.

Sunshine and a southwest wind will help warm the area Thursday afternoon into the lower 70s.

Another cold front reaches the area Friday delivering a second round of showers and possible thunderstorms.

WEEKEND

Rain and storms clear out just in time for the weekend which is already shaping up nicely. Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon runners will have a great weather set up for a successful event. Temperatures at the start of the race will be in the lower 50s rise into the mid 70s by the afternoon. It will be a touch cooler Sunday with highs nearing 70 degrees. Overall, the weekend maintains mostly sunny skies.