By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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Heavy rain, cold air, snow, blustery winds…sounds like early December

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning (Wednesday) my unofficial backyard rain gauge had registered over 1.5 inches of rain since this latest round of precipitation started and another inch or so could be added to that total by the time the rain ends.  Yes we will very likely see snow late tonight, perhaps enough to coat the grassy surfaces with a half inch or so of white stuff, but I am more concerned about the potential for (a) flooding and (b) downed trees during tonight’s blustery winds.

A surface low pressure will track just south and east of the ‘Burg this afternoon, and the associated cold front will finally drop through here for good around noon today to begin the cold air infiltration into our area.  As the low tightens up and moves off the coast the counterclockwise flow around the center will strengthen significantly, yanking cold air down behind it on northwesterly winds that could gust up to 30 mph tonight.  The combination of very wet soil and strong winds could uproot a few trees and bring down powerlines so we should be ready to deal with that.

Thursday will be sunny albeit chillier than it has been recently, but that shouldn’t be surprising since our average high temperature at the beginning of December is 50 degrees (F) and drops to the low 40′s by the end of the month.  And at this point the forecast models aren’t showing another significant storm system affecting the ‘Burg until the latter half of next week so we have a while to dry out from this one.

Also, remember that today is Pearl Harbor Day.  Seventy years ago today our world changed forever.