“A significant shot of cold air lies behind the cold frontal passage late Friday into early Friday night – expected to be the coldest shot of air yet experienced to this point in Fall”
That's the wording from the National Weather Service (NWS) Blacksburg in describing the change in temperatures for the weekend and next several days. Gusty to potentially strong northwest winds Friday night into Saturday will be a weather story for the High Country, along with rain changing to light accumulating wet snow, NWS adds in a Thursday update.
Winds could be near Advisory level which is around 45 mph.
Friday night into early Saturday will bring the start of the colder temperatures. Lows Friday night are forecast in the upper 20s. Wind gusts up to 45 mph could produce wind chills around 10 above for the overnight and into Saturday.
Expected snow accumulations of a dusting to an inch towards Mt Rogers and the mountains of northwestern North Carolina, NWS adds. Dry weather will be on tap for Saturday night but continued cold, with lows in the lower 20s.
Another cold front will move through Tuesday night, with a chance of snow showers and lows in the lower 20s. Wind chill values as low as 10 above. Wind chill readings for Wednesday are forecast to be as low as 5 above in the morning.
NWS adds that it is possible that a coastal low may bring widespread precipitation to the area by Thursday.