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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Summer returns for Wednesday before the rains set in

First, the good news:  most of today (Wednesday) will be sunny and warm with highs climbing into the mid-80′s (F) as southwesterly breezes pump warmer air northward ahead of the next frontal system.  The only fly in the ointment today is that at least one short term model is indicating a line of showers and storms will form ahead of this front and cross the Fredericksburg region between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.  this afternoon.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman OK has even issued a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms – mainly for winds gusting over 58 mph – this afternoon that borders on the ‘Burg:

After sunset today the approaching cold front will drag some showers into the area before oozing south past Fredericksburg overnight and stalling across the southern third of the Old Dominion.  Then a series of surface low pressure centers will form along this frontal surface (rather like a surfer riding a wave) and ripple northeastward, keeping showers and thunderstorms around through the weekend and adding a considerable amount to the 2012 rainfall totals:

Dark purple shade indicates at least 2.0 inches of rain by next Monday morning

The high temperatures will start out on Thursday around the 80 degree mark before settling to near 70 on Saturday and Sunday as the front sags just south and east of the city.  By Monday the cloudy morass looks to have moved off the coast and the beautiful autumnal weather will return f0r at least the first half of next week.  It’s time to break out the umbrellas!