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John Bowen of Rochester, NY walk past the Whittingham holiday window during a stormy afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Mostly sunny conditions are forecast for the next few days, but temperatures will only top out in the mid-40s during the weekend.
Kirk Dishman negotiates a rapid in a rain swollen Rappahannock River near Lauck’s Island on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. Dishman hit the fast moving water with fellow kayakers Sy Jarvis and Mike Blashford. (Peter Cihelka)