The recent span of summer like weather is about to come to an end. With recent high temperatures in the lower to mid 70s, it may be a reality check that winter is approaching as high temperatures are forecast to drop into the 40s.
According to a National Weather Service briefing on Wednesday, Thursday will be the final day of above normal temperatures as a cold front moving into the area could produce the season's first snowflakes at the very highest of elevations. Weather conditions across the area will go downhill starting Thursday night with rain, and possibly thunderstorms, moving in. Blustery conditions for Friday and into the weekend will be the major weather story.
Regarding possible snowflakes the Weather Services says, “There will also be the prospect for the first snowflakes of the season Friday night and possibly again on Saturday night in upslope flow at the higher elevations west of the Blue Ridge but nothing of any significance expected. On a related note, low temperatures at or below freezing may well end the growing season for some higher elevations west of the Blue Ridge Friday night.
Forecast highs for Thursday are in the lower 70s, dropping to lower 50s on Friday with 40mph wind gusts possible. Saturday dropping into the upper 40s for highs and lower 50s for Sunday. Forecast lows of mid 30s are possible Friday night, along with continued gusty winds, upper 30s Saturday night, mid 40s Sunday night.