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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A split weather weekend coming up

After a cool start this morning (20 degrees (F) at UMW’s weather station) the dry air and abundant sunshine will allow temperatures to zoom into the mid and upper 50′s this Friday afternoon.  Saturday will also be mostly sunny – albeit with high clouds approaching ahead of the next weather system – with highs again in the mid-50′s.  Then the split occurs…

Yet another surface low pressure center will move through the Great Lakes region on Sunday, first pushing a warm front ahead of it before dragging a cold front into the region late Monday.  Then a surface low pressure looks to form a bit further south along the same cold front and scoot across Virginia before heading off the coast.  All this activity will bring a decent chance of rain (yes, just plain rain) starting Saturday night and lasting until at least Tuesday night.  This HPC graphic indicates how much rain we could see by Wednesday morning:

The light blue color overlaying the ‘Burg represents between 3/4 inch and one inch of rain.

There is cold air behind this system but, as we’ve noted here before, timing is everything.  The moisture will be out of here before the cold air arrives so all the wetness looks like it will be in liquid form.  It should help a bit with the drought conditions across the Commonwealth but we need a lot more moisture to ease that situation.  So enjoy Saturday’s sun but you might want to find your rain gear for Sunday.

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