Cool and dry this week
The cold front that shouldered its way through the ‘Burg just after midnight last night is now completely through the Old Dominion, having passed through Virginia Beach sometime after 7 a.m. The sunshine will be returning to Fredericksburg as the morning progresses but the northerly winds and colder air will remain. Even so our temperatures this week will remain a bit above average as we should be seeing highs in the upper 40s (F) and lows in the 20s by now instead of the low to mid-50s and low 30s – respectively – that we will experience.
The dry conditions this week won’t help our drought but some relief seems to be on the horizon. A few showers are predicted for this coming weekend as yet another surface low pressure system heads into the Great Lakes region and drags another cold front through here. But the longer range model solutions are pointing to a much wetter system that will affect the ‘Burg Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (Dec 18 and 19). This storm will liberally tap into abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture as it takes a trajectory much farther south than the last few storms have followed.
The exact path of next week’s storm system as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic will be very important…we will get wet, but just how much cold air will be available when the precipitation arrives is still in question. Let’s just say that I’m not in a hurry to go find my snow shovel…yet.