Cooler temperatures, with stormy weather possible Thursday

While thousands of people will be flocking to Winchester this week for the 90th Apple Blossom Festival, there’s an uninvited guest that will also be joining the fray: the potential for damaging weather.

Bryan Jackson, of the National Weather Service in Sterling, explained that a powerful cold front moved into the region with high winds and rain on Monday, but that system should be out of the area by this morning.

He said that weather system will offer the region a break from the weekend’s warmer temperatures,  as temperatures are expected to stay in the 60s for the rest of the week.

But festivalgoers should keep their umbrellas handy. Jackson said there’s another system headed this way.

“We have another strong low pressure system and a cold front moving through Thursday night,” Jackson said. “We’ll have at least heavy rain and there will be a lot of wind with this as well so we’ll be looking at perhaps another round of active weather.”

The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative warned Monday that during these spring storms, “”blinking” of lights may occur and as the storm gets stronger, power outages may occur, some with the potential to “last an extended period of time.”

Jackson said festivalgoers and area residents need to stay aware of weather conditions.

“We want you to be weather-aware late this afternoon and this evening and then again Thursday,” Jackson said. “Pay attention to the forecast and it’ll help you out.”

Contact staff writer Justin McIlwee at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or jmcilwee@nvdaily.com