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Take a deep breath and enjoy some warmer weather

WEEKEND EVENTS: Check out our Fredericksburg calendar of events.


It appears that Fredericksburg and vicinity did indeed mostly dodge the frozen precipitation bullet this morning although a trace of snow was reported to NWS Sterling and some sleet was seen around the city. There is more moisture headed toward the area thanks to a surface low pressure off the coast, but by the time it reaches the ‘Burg the thermometer will have crept above the freezing mark. Thus the remainder of Friday will bring some light rain and a high temperature in the upper 30s.

This satellite snapshot of the atmospheric water vapor shows the overall structure of this impressive East Coast storm system with the center of the upper level low over Georgia:wv image Fri 7MarThe dark and brown shades indicate dryer air working its way into the storm’s circulation.

Today’s colder-than-normal temperatures are courtesy of yet another manifestation of the @%$%%^ cold-air damming wedge that plagues the East Coast this time of year. The thin layer of dense cold air at the surface is tough to scour out, kinda like the nasty grease in the bottom of a dirty frying pan (sorry, I’m just ready for spring). But when the current wedge finally lifts out of here tonight the upcoming stretch of warm days will seem tropical by comparison.

Sunday will be the coolest of the next four days with a high in the low 50s (just about average for this time of March) while the other three days will push thermometers over the 60-degree mark. Sunshine will prevail as well. There are signs of another storm system approaching Wednesday and Thursday but right now it appears that it will bring a chilly rain rather than more frozen stuff. We’ll keep an eye on that but meanwhile let’s bask in the sunshine this weekend!

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