The first weekend in May looks very springy for Fredericksburg
Those folks that enjoy a true Virginia spring should be delighted with the current weather pattern. The really cold air is locked into the Plains and upper Midwest where record-setting snowfalls have occurred these first couple days of May while hot sticky air is held at bay by the stalled high pressure center off the New England coast. The result is very “springy” conditions for Fredericksburg involving morning clouds and then afternoon sunshine with temperatures topping out near 70 degrees.
This enjoyable interlude between winter and summer in Fredericksburg will continue through Sunday. The nice weather should encourage many folks to get outside and enjoy local activities such as the Fredericksburg area’s historic 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville plus Sunday’s Great Train Race and the Ladysmith Day Festival Saturday. It would be wise to cram in all the outdoor chores and fun possible this weekend as next week doesn’t look very outdoor-friendly.
Check out this Weather Prediction Center forecast graphic for total rain potential through next Friday morning (5/10):
There is a “cutoff low” meandering very slowly across the southern tier of states, literally cut off from the jet stream. The jet stream is in the process of splitting with a northern branch retreating into Canada and a southern branch taking up residence across the Gulf of Mexico. The cutoff low thus has nothing to push it along so it will drift along creating long periods of clouds and rain for the southeastern U.S.
Our turn for these dreary conditions will begin Monday and last most of next week although at present it appears the heaviest rain will remain south of I-64. Temperatures will remain spring-like but there won’t be much sunshine to brighten the skies. Remember those May flowers? They should have plenty of moisture to bloom this year!