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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Extended cold period ahead for Fredericksburg

A succession of Alberta Clippers provides evidence of a long wave trough over the eastern half of the nation. These large scale features open the gate to cold air intrusions from more frigid climes and that will hold true this time. Tonight’s clipper passage will bring a mixed bag of light rain and snow – no accumulations expected – and a brief shot of cold air under clear skies for Saturday. A weaker system Saturday night looks to only usher clouds into the area leaving sunshine for Sunday. Monday night’s clipper? That will be the gate opener.

Take a gander at this Climate Prediction Center forecast graphic for temperature trends Wednesday through next Sunday:610temp.newWhat do the wickedly cold-looking blue shades mean for Fredericksburg? Well, this morning the UMW weather station recorded a low temperature of 27 degrees (on the way to a forecast high near 50 today). In contrast to this the latter part of next week 27 degrees may be the daily high temperature behind the Arctic front due through here behind Monday night’s clipper system.

So the temperature situation looks like this…today Fredericksburg will likely see 50 degrees while Saturday the thermometer will struggle into the upper 30s. Sunday and Monday we’ll have a brief warm interlude with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s respectively. You might want to enjoy the outdoors those two days as those kind of temperatures will become scarce for  while. Indications are that this next Arctic blast will stick around continuously through the end of January with little or no warmup…and you can bet there will be shiveringly cold wind chills involved as well.

How about snow potential? One main ingredient – the cold air – will be in place for ten days or so. Will there be moisture to along with that cold air that will provide the fuel for a dump of white stuff on Fredericksburg? That’s still to be determined, but if I were a snow lover I wouldn’t count out this winter just yet.