There is one word to describe the forecast over the next week... Unsettled. According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of unsettled is: "likely to vary widely, especially in the near future", so that sums up the next week.
A cold front pushed through our area earlier in the day on Wednesday dropping our temperatures from the 80s Tuesday to the 50s today. We also experienced cloudy skies and a few showers. This front will stall just to our south, while a warm front sits to our west. The interesting thing about the warm front is that it really seems to warm areas. At one point on Wednesday, Roanoke was sitting at 72, while we were at 56 degrees. So while today is cool and tomorrow will stay cool, once that front lifts north of us, the heat is on... Temperatures on Friday will actually warm to around 80 degrees.
There is a catch though for the warmer weather on Friday... The more sunshine we see, the more unstable the atmosphere will become, meaning the better chance for thunderstorms. So we can't seem to have it either way, no sunshine and warm conditions or sunshine and cool conditions. On Saturday, we'll see similar conditions with afternoon showers and storms.
So take it as it is... There's no happy medium here in central Virginia. Welcome to the Spring season people... Only 53 more days until Summer begins! Bring back the heat of the weekend!