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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Happy Veterans’ Day!

First, a huge thank you to all the folks out there who have served our country!  Without your service a lot of things we take for granted in every day life wouldn’t be possible.  So I hope that sometime during this absolutely gorgeous November day the readers take time to thank a veteran.

And today is gorgeous, with sunny skies and highs projected to bump up to the 70 degree (F) mark which is about 10-12 degrees above normal for us this time of year.  After a long stretch of below normal temperatures this balminess helps average things out.  One more day of warmth is ahead  – albeit under a cloudy sky – as Monday we’ll see temperatures again rise into the upper 60′s ahead of the next cold front which will slide through the region overnight Monday with a bit of rain.  That overnight timing will suppress any potential instability and thus keep any mention of thunder out of our forecast from this system, which caused severe weather yesterday afternoon and evening out in the Great Plains.

To illustrate this week’s setup here’s the temperature map for the 850 millibar level – roughly 5000 feet up -  of the U.S. early this morning:

After the front we will cool back down to more usual November-like temperatures with highs in the low to mid-50′s and lows in the 30′s through next week as the really cold Canadian air – which I’ve overlain with the white arrow – will “modify” or warm up before it reaches the ‘Burg.  After that cool core of air passes through there aren’t any other southward pushes of really cold air showing up on the long term forecast just yet…but winter is approaching!

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