Coldest air of the winter due to arrive
In Tuesday’s blog post I mentioned the potential for a dusting to perhaps an inch of snow tonight into Friday morning. That likelihood still stands as the two approaching weather systems (one from the west and another from the south) will “phase” – join forces – too far north of Fredericksburg to provide an all snow event. Thus most of this afternoon and evening’s precipitation will be rain instead of the white stuff.
Somewhat unfortunately the typical buzz about the potential for snow obscures the fact that the coldest air of this winter will be arriving tomorrow. I’m not certain many folks have wrapped their heads around just how cold it will feel given the strong winds that will kick up late tonight. A forecast air temperature of 20 degrees Friday morning coupled with 25 mph winds has the official NWS Wind Chill index graphic showing a mind-numbing 3 degrees!!
And it won’t warm up much tomorrow either. The high temperature Friday will barely climb to 25 degrees – a full 20 degrees below normal – with blustery northwest winds while Saturday the thermometer will make it only to the upper 30s after starting out in the teens. Thus those folks planning to partake in First Friday activities or perhaps share in Saturday’s 350th anniversary of Stafford County need to plan ahead for much colder conditions than we have seen thus far. So pull out the hats, mittens, scarves, parkas, and thermal underwear if you’re venturing outside tomorrow or Saturday.
We’ll catch a brief break with warmer temperatures – and more mixed rain and snow – Sunday and Monday before the next Arctic blast arrives early next week when an even colder airmass will invade our area. Lows Tuesday and Wednesday mornings could touch the single digits!