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Be alert for fog on your morning commute west of I-95 into the western Piedmont. Because of clearing skies behind yesterday’s system and calm winds, fog is reducing visibilities to less than a mile there. Slow down, allow extra space between you and surrounding vehicles, and keep your headlights on the low beam setting. Have a safe drive!

The rest of today will feature partly cloudy skies and seasonably cooler weather in the low to mid 60s. Broad high pressure is settling into our region, and that will keep us pleasant Friday as well.

We are tracking another punch of colder air currently moving out of central Canada Thursday morning. This storm system will dive south through the Great Lakes toward West Virginia today into tomorrow. We will notice increasing clouds by Friday afternoon and evening as that system moves into our region.  Rain will be possible after 9 PM Friday in central Virginia, so the trick-or-treat forecast remains dry and cool. Rain showers will arrive earlier in the mountains of western Virginia Friday, and change over to wet snow in far western and southwestern Virginia’s higher elevations. Saturday will be a chilly, breezy, and damp day, with occasional rain across central and eastern Virginia.  Highs will be in the mid-50s in the Metro. Where the coldest air associated with this storm system passes over far western and southwestern Virginia, the rain will likely mix with or change to wet snow there, particularly above 2,000 ft before ending. There is a Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday evening through Saturday evening for five of Virginia’s southwest counties. But this will be a rain only event in central Virginia Saturday.

The main energy from that system will reach the Outer Banks Sunday and strengthen offshore as a new coastal low pressure system. That low will stay offshore to our southeast, keeping us in central Virginia mostly sunny and still chilly in the mid 50s.

Our best chance for a freeze in central Virginia will be Monday morning as cold high pressure will be centered near Virginia.

Southwesterly flow will resume early next week, resulting in highs returning to the low 70s by Tuesday.

Daylight saving time ends Sunday morning at 2 AM, when we fall back one hour to Eastern Standard Time.  The good news about “falling back” is that we get an extra hour of sleep!

Make your Thursday great! And Stay with CBS 6, We’ll Keep You Ahead of the Storm.
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