Finally a few quiet weather days
Okay, relax and take a breath. The weather today and tomorrow will be tame compared with the past few days. We are obviously in an active pattern and that will still be true as another cold front pushes through tonight. Fortunately this next boundary will swoop through the area without any upper level support to create precipitation or cause things to stall out. However the core of much colder air will be overhead tomorrow as this 850 mb (~5000 feet up) temperature graphic shows:
Thus after today’s sunny but below normal forecast high of 38 degrees tomorrow will be unequivocably cold with a high struggling to reach 30 degrees in the city. That’s a good 18-20 degrees below average for this point in December and would even qualify as a cold January day in Fredericksburg. Cold weather gear should be on display the next couple of days for those venturing outdoors to avoid exposure and frostbite.
Fredericksburg will see a slight warmup on Friday with temperatures climbing into the low 40s (the average high is 49 for that date) ahead of yet another messy weekend forecast. A complex system of upper level energy and surface low pressure will bring more mixed precipitation to the ‘Burg. At this point the temperature profile appears to favor a mixture of rain and snow – more “fuzzy raindrops” – with little or no accumulation but we’ll keep an eye on that just the same.