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Stormy weather

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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)

Raindrops cling to the limbs of a tree above the banks of the Rappahannock River. (Peter Cihelka)

Customers deal with the rain after shopping at BigLots on State Route 3 in Fredericksburg on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. (Reza A. Marvashti)