We have another nice day in Southwest Virginia following the weekend gloominess — maybe even more sun today (Wednesday) than Tuesday, and a couple degrees warmer, into the low 70s for the Roanoke Valley and points south and east, mid-upper 60s most other places. Really, most days through the weekend look to be mostly sunny, dry, and seasonable fall temperatures. The exception is Thursday, when a cold front pushing in from the west will likely squeeze out some rain showers. This doesn’t look to be a gully-washer, amounts generally on the light side (Weather Prediction Center projects .25 or less for most, maybe more out toward the southwest tip of the state), but enough to put a bit of a damper on the day. Temperatures will cool off a little bit after this front — highs back down in the 60s, lows in the upper 30 to mid 40s — but this isn’t really the start of our colder period. A mostly dry cold front over the weekend will be the first of that, with some frosty morning lows possible by early next week. We’re probably still a week to 10 days away from the bulk of the Arctic cold air arriving, when a couple of days could have a positively wintry feel. The cold air will come in a series of shots, so there will likely be some recovery of temperatures in between — for instance, we may touch the low 70s for highs again by the middle of next week. That’s the way it usually goes when Arctic fronts begin arriving in fall.