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Strong storms today and then a decent weekend

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The severe weather probabilities are worth paying attention to later this morning as Fredericksburg is on the western edge of a Storm Prediction Center Slight Risk area. The specific threat is for severe winds (>58 mph) associated with the passage of a line of thunderstorms – a squall line – associated with a cold front. This high resolution model graphic depicts the simulated radar view at 1 p.m. today:18Z squall lineThus the lunch hour will be windy and very wet with lightning and thunder likely. Flash flooding could also be a localized problem since the ground is already soggy from melting snow.

This activity will clear out quickly behind the cold front with the sun likely to peek through by late afternoon accompanied by gusty winds. Temperatures ahead of the front will be in the low 60s but will drop to the low 50s by the dinner hour on the way to a low near freezing Saturday morning. Then comes the weekend …

If you like spring-like weather in February you need to revel in this weekend’s conditions. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature temperatures topping out in the low 60′s with at least partly sunny skies. But this will be the last of our brief “February thaw” as the cold air reasserts itself next week. Get out and enjoy it while you can!

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