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Monday and another cold front

Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather over the weekend!! Now reality sets back in as another autumn cold front approaches from the west.  The southwesterly winds ahead of this front are pumping warm and moist air northward into the northern Virginia region along with an area of rain that will impact the ‘Burg within the next hour or so.  This rain area will provide a few hours of dampness that should finish up mid-afternoon just ahead of the cold front itself.  Then the city and surrounding vicinity will likely be impacted by a low-topped line of thundershowers – a couple of which could provide some very gusty winds – around the dinner hour (between 5 and 6 pm) as the front swings through.  This is the HPC graphic showing the potential rainfall totals for today:

The blue shade represents up to 0.50 inches of rain but I think that may be overdone for Fredericksburg, which will probably only see half that amount (0.25″).

After the front passes through the winds will once again swap around to the west and northwest as dry air pushes in behind it.  This next air mass isn’t very cold as it is mainly Pacific – vice Canadian – in origin.  As a result our week will return to being typically Octoberish tomorrow (Tuesday) with sunshine and high temperatures in the upper 60′s (F) and low 70′s through Thursday.  Then another cold front approaches…but that’s a topic for another blogpost.

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