After Tuesday and Wednesday both brought days in the 50s across the Piedmont, those that favor the milder conditions are in for a treat Thursday.

Following the passage of a dry cold front Thursday morning, winds will make a shift back to the northwest behind the front and high pressure will sink southward across the area, resulting in a nice warm up from earlier this week.

In fact, daytime highs will likely be a good eight to 10 degrees above Wednesday's highs, with low to mid 60s on tap for the Piedmont and 50s for the mountains under plenty of sunshine.

Dry conditions will stick around through Friday, accompanied by a slight cool down, before a strong cold front approaches the region late Saturday.

The current timing of the front is during the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday, so most of the rain will occur Saturday night before quickly clearing out by mid-morning Sunday.

This will also bring a period of stronger winds Saturday night as the front moves eastward. Highs will drop from the 60s Saturday into the 50s Sunday with a cold night expected for Sunday night as lows are expected to drop quickly into the 20s and low 30s by Monday morning.