Friday morning fireworks then more great weekend weather
The cold front that spawned a squall line last night is just now starting to pull east of Fredericksburg, evidenced by both the exiting thunderstorm activity and the fact that last night’s low temperature was a balmy 63 degrees (F) at the Stafford Regional Airport. Also a quick check of conditions further west shows a northwest wind at both the Orange and Culpeper airports at this hour, an indication that the surface front is east of both those locations.
So what now? The airmass behind this front is of Pacific origin again – vice Canadian – so it won’t get a lot cooler. Today (Friday) will warm up to the mid-70′s under sunny skies once the current convective mess pushes farther east, and both Saturday and Sunday the high temperatures will climb into the upper 60′s after morning lows in the 40′s. In fact, a quick peek ahead at both forecast models and the NWS Sterling forecast discussion reveals a very mild stretch ahead into most of next week, with highs in the 70′s and lows in the 40′s and 50′s.
This late surge of warm air may come to a sudden halt the last weekend in October. Even though the following graphic is a ten day look ahead – and thus more of a “wish cast” instead of a forecast – check out the colder shades of blue and purple invading the eastern U.S. from our northern neighbor.