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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Okay, what about the weekend?

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Fredericksburg region that remains in effect through midnight.

Sorry ’bout that.  This pesky storm system, composed of both a surface low pressure center (remnants of Karen) and a “cutoff” upper level low, isn’t going anywhere for a while.  Thus today thru Sunday will look very familiar to Fredericksburg as pretty much a copy of the past couple of days.  The good news is that the rain is helping to alleviate the arid conditions that much of Virginia was experiencing this autumn.  The UMW weather station recorded more than 3/4 inch of rain yesterday for a total of just over two inches this month so far.

That total will increase a fair amount over the next 3 days as the atmospheric “pump” represented by these systems continues to throw Atlantic moisture over our area.  Check out this water vapor satellite image from this morning:

The bright white shading is the heaviest moisture that is being wrapped around the center of the low, diving right over Fredericksburg and vicinity.  Thus the low overcast and rainfall is going to be a constant companion through the weekend.

As a result of the cloudiness the daily temperature range will be less than normal with highs reaching the low 60s and lows only sagging into the low 50s.  By Monday – Columbus Day – the rain will back off as the low slowly pulls away from the region and some sunshine may be in store with highs in the upper 60s.  So although light jackets and rain gear will feel pretty good today through Sunday you may be able to shed it all for the holiday.

Have a great weekend!

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