More Clippers and more icebox weather on the way
Okay, all those who wished for a C-O-L-D winter raise their hands…the rest of you can blame them for our current weather! The morning low at the UMW weather station was -1 degree both yesterday and this morning. And it isn’t going to warm up a lot today (Friday) as the thermometer will struggle mightily to climb above the 20 degree mark. Even the relatively light winds forecast for today will feel painfully cold, so bundle up in layers before heading outdoors.
The current weather pattern isn’t going to change for at least the next week. A series of Alberta Clippers will continue to drag reinforcing cold fronts across our region, with the next system due through tomorrow. Ahead of the system southwesterly surface winds will push “warm” air into Fredericksburg so that the thermometer will actually rise above freezing (32 degrees) briefly Saturday afternoon before plunging again overnight. It won’t feel that “warm” since the sun’s rays will be obscured by clouds much of the day.
This next Clipper will bring a chance of snow showers most of Saturday but there is not much hope of accumulating snow as shown in this Weather Prediction Center graphic excerpt:The limited moisture accompanying this system will “jump” Virginia, dumping snow both over the mountains and further north over Pennsylvania.
Sunday will have partly sunny skies with a high temperature perhaps rising to the 32 degree mark. But more reinforcing cold air from Canada is headed our way early next week so don’t expect the deep freeze to thaw soon.