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Mild but windy into Saturday, heavy rain possible Saturday night

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Southerly wind flow tonight will keep most of our area warmer than normal, with occasional spotty showers and drizzle, especially along and east of I-77. We'll be windy at times overnight as well, with gusts occasionally over 25mph. Lows tonight will be in the 40s and 50s.

Saturday itself is not looking like a complete wash-out; the heaviest rain will roll in as the front crosses our area Saturday night. During the day Saturday, we can expect mostly cloudy skies east, but some breaks of sun may emerge west of I-77 during the afternoon. Temperatures will be mild, in the mid to upper 60s, and it will feel muggy and Spring-like for this time of year! Spotty light showers are expected here & there throughout the day, and we'll otherwise just be windy, if not straight gusty at times Saturday morning through early Sunday morning.

A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Western Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer, Tazewell, Giles, Wythe and Bland counties from 7AM Saturday to 1AM Sunday. See advisory here:

The front will move across our area Saturday evening. As of now, a line of moderate to heavy rain, along with a few embedded thunderstorms looks likely to move across our area from west to east Saturday night from roughly 9PM until midnight. While a stronger t-storm could pop up, especially S of HWY 460, severe weather is overall unlikely for our area. While this line will only impact us for a few hours, heavy rain could still lead to localized flooding issues in poor drainage areas. Due to the gusty winds in general tomorrow-Sunday AM, sporadic power outages and/or downed limbs/trees due to the wet ground will be possible. We look to dry out by Sunday afternoon, and calmer and mild conditions look to stick with us into early next week. Stay tuned!

Katherine Thompson

Chief Meteorologist

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