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Severe thunderstorm threat ending, but Halloween night looks gusty and colder

As a cold front pushes out of our area to the east, it will take most of the heavy rain with it. Severe thunderstorms will be possible across the VA Piedmont into this evening, but for us, the severe thunderstorm threat has ended. Though we aren’t expecting any more torrential rainfall, hail, or tornadoes overnight, winds will continue to be strong through tomorrow morning behind this system.

A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for the entire WVVA viewing area until Friday afternoon. With possible gusts up to 50+mph along the higher terrain, power outage issues and downed trees/limbs will continue to be a concern through early tomorrow morning. With the water and wet leaves on the roads as well (especially back and side streets), there is a higher risk of hydroplaning or sliding on the fallen foliage, so please be careful!

Temperatures will take a dive tonight as NW flow brings in a colder air mass just in time for the start of November. Lows tonight will eventually fall into the 20s and 30s. Any lingering spotty showers could mix with snowflakes, but no significant snow accumualtion is expected. If you have sensitive plants though, make sure you cover them and/or bring them indoors from the cold. Pets and livestock should have adequate shelter and warmth as well on this Halloween night!

The sun will eventually emerge tomorrow afternoon, and the winds should calm down. However, we’ll be chilly this weekend, with highs tomorrow in the 40s, and lows tomorrow night in the 20s and 30s again. We could see a few light showers/flurries Saturday night-Sunday AM, but most of the weekend is looking dry. Temps start to rise into early next week. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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