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Fredericksburg Weather Blog’s Millennial Post

Well how about that? Today’s post is the 1000th entry for the Fredericksburg Weather Blog!! Back when I began this venture in the summer of 2009 it wouldn’t have seemed possible to have written this many times about the ‘Burg’s weather, but here we are.

A number of local school kids – and teachers! – were able to stay home a bit longer this morning due to icy road conditions. The Alberta Clipper that dragged a cold front across the region wound up a wetter system than originally thought. The UMW weather station registered just under a quarter-inch of precipitation through last night. The moisture fell late enough that the subfreezing air behind the front arrived before the roads dried off…thus some extra sleep for some folks this morning.

Today – Wednesday – will be chilly and breezy with a high temperature reaching only the low 40s, about five degrees below average for this date. However things will warm up dramatically over the next few days courtesy of a blocking high pressure system off the East Coast:

The blue “H” located just off the Outer Banks will impersonate a summer-time “Bermuda High” and won’t go very far anytime soon. It will slow down the eastward progress of colder air that is diving south over the western U.S. Also, the clockwise circulation around the high will pump warm moist air in our direction via southwesterly winds. Thus temperatures around the ‘Burg will soar over the next several days.

Tomorrow’s high temperature will climb into the mid-50s while Friday the thermometer will rise into the low 60s. Over the coming weekend the weather will be even warmer although cloudy skies will prevail. In fact, Sunday could bring thunderstorms and a high of 70 degrees!! Things will cool off next week with temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day closer to normal (mid-40s).