Sunny today with a warmer week ahead
The core of the cold air has passed off the East Coast leaving behind temperatures that will climb back toward more normal late October conditions. After a couple of mornings with temperatures dipping into the mid and upper 20s, today the UMW weather station bottomed out at a comparatively balmy 36 degrees. At the moment a weak cold front is nudging its way across the Appalachians creating some mid-level clouds across Northern Virginia as seen in this visible satellite view at 8:15 a.m.:
The front will push east of Fredericksburg around the noon hour and the winds will shift from westerly to northwesterly. The clouds will dissipate and leave behind sunny skies and a high near 60 degrees this afternoon.
The first part of the upcoming work week will be rather quiet with another dry cold front passage late Monday afternoon. This boundary will slide back north of Fredericksburg late Wednesday as a warm front. The overall result will be partly to mostly sunny skies Monday and Tuesday with temperatures inching into the low to mid-60s after morning lows in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. A stronger cold front will approach during the late week but the GFS and European forecast models still disagree on the timing of its passage through here. We’ll have a better idea of that timing by mid-week.