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Time to unbox the sweaters as cooler temperatures along with rain from Sally are near

Temperatures yesterday read a tad cooler than what models were spitting out. Most had highs in the upper 60s and 70s, but not enough solar insolation occurred all thanks to some upslope low clouds and also the hazy conditions. We can expect hazy skies again all thanks to the wildfires out west. Highs will hit in the upper 60s and 70s.

We remain dry all day and throughout much of the night, but clouds will continue to increase especially by the evening and overnight hours as Sally tracks closer. So far, Category 2 Hurricane Sally is moving slow at a whopping 3 MPH causing intense rainfall rates. Some spots along the central Gulf coast have witnessed 20 inches already!

Sally appears to stay down to our south mainly, but the outer bands will swing through as early as tomorrow morning (4-5AM) and continue to provide scattered showers into the evening. Not everyone will witness the rain though! Areas north of I-64 may luck out and only witness a passing shower or two while our southern counties receive the most rain.

An Excessive Rainfall outlook is issued for portions of Bland and Wythe counties. Flooding won't be a main threat, but isolated heavier downpours could provide some high water issues.

Wind gusts can peak to around 15 MPH Friday morning all due to Sally. Along with Sally providing showers and some wind, we have a cold front approaching from the northwest. This will help push Sally towards the east coast on Friday allowing us to see drier conditions into Friday afternoon. Dry conditions will last into most of next week. The cold front will provide some breezy conditions Thursday evening and overnight Friday with gusts around 15 MPH. Dew points will slightly rise for Thursday, but after the passing of the cold front the humidity will drop again allowing comfy air into next week.

Temperatures drop starting tomorrow with cooler air rushing in this weekend. Good idea to bring back out the sweaters! All the details are on WVVA Today until 7AM.

Catherine Maxwell

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