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Independence

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Independence , VA

Forecast Last Updated at Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:30PM

Nice October Weather

Despite the cooler starts over the next couple of days, especially in the mountain valleys, the overall theme will be very nice weather for late October. Temperatures will be close to normal through Saturday, then jump well above normal Sunday through early next week. The upcoming weekend looks very nice for any outdoor activities planned. Enjoy! Of note, a disturbance coming through Saturday night may kick off a brief, light shower or two across NW NC / SW VA, but it is hardly worth the mention. That disturbance will make it a bit breezy late Saturday through early Sunday morning as well.

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Friday

Hi: 65 Lo: 34

Scattered clouds; Warmer; Patchy valley frost possible again tonight; NW wind 5-10 mph
Saturday

Hi: 63 Lo: 45

Daytime sun; Nighttime cloudiness with a light shower possible; NW wind 5-15 mph, gusty Sat. night
Sunday

Hi: 66 Lo: 43

Becoming clear; A step warmer; NW wind 5-15 mph & gusty, then decreasing Sun. night
Monday

Hi: 73 Lo: 47

Mostly sunny; Beautiful
Tuesday

Hi: 72 Lo: 47

A few PM clouds; Still terrific

Further Out

Wednesday - Mostly cloudy; Showers possible; High in the mid 60s; Low in the mid 40s
Thursday - Generally cloudy with showers possible; High near 60 degrees; Low in the mid 40s

Forecast Discussion

We are entering a very nice stretch of weather (by October’s standards) across the mountains of western NC and SW VA…

There was quite the temperature contrast this morning. Sheltered valleys dropped down into the low to mid-30’s with patchy frost while the ridge tops only dropped into the 40’s to near 50 degrees. This is known as a temperature inversion and it is a sign of milder weather to come. Temperatures over the next couple of days will be close to normal, but milder than the last couple of days. Even more moderation occurs late in the weekend and into early next week.

The dry weather pattern of late looks to continue for most of the region through early next week. The one exception is NW NC and SW VA where a brief, light shower can’t be ruled out Saturday night as a weak disturbance moves through. The more noticeable aspect of that disturbance, though, will be a brief uptick in the wind Saturday through early Sunday morning.

A southerly wind developing late in the weekend will bring above normal temperatures to the southern Appalachians Sunday through Tuesday. Many locations will likely reach or exceed the 70 degree mark during that time. We’re talking temperatures running at least 10 degrees above normal for late-October. Tough to beat that kind of weather this late in the month.

The weather pattern does look like it will begin to transition back to a more active one by mid to late next week. The next front arrives Wednesday or Thursday with showers.

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