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Cold fronts on the move for Presidents’ Day weekend

The blogpost title is correct in that there are two cold fronts headed toward Fredericksburg as I write this.  After the abundant sunshine and clear skies this morning (Friday) the first front will bring clouds into the region by mid-afternoon with rain breaking out around the dinner hour as the boundary pushes through.  Before that happens the temperature will top out in the mid-50s (F) for a pleasant mid-February day, but that situation won’t last. Here is the forecast surface map for 7 this evening:

As the first front pushes through a small low pressure system (the red “L”)  will develop over the Piedmont of Virginia and create the conditions for some snow showers late tonight.  Then as the second – Arctic – front pushes across the area another surface low pressure will form off the coast and create chances for more light snow most of Saturday into the evening hours.  The total amount of snow for the ‘Burg appears to be only a light dusting but farther east into the Northern Neck and spots to the south of there could get an inch or two of accumulation by late Saturday night.

After the arrival of yet another Arctic airmass behind the second front the temperatures Saturday and Sunday will feel more like January than mid-February, with highs reaching only into the middle and upper 30s both days.  Even though Sunday will be the sunnier of the two weekend days a stiff northwesterly breeze will keep conditions very chilly so keep those winter coats and hats handy.  The good news is that Monday, Presidents’ Day, will be a bit warmer with sunshine and a high in the middle 40s, but the folks at NWS Sterling are warning of a potential for some freezing rain Monday night into Tuesday morning so we’ll all have to keep an eye on that possibility.

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