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Spring has sprung, at least temporarily

The vernal equinox ushered in astronomical spring yesterday at 12:57 pm. The weather obligingly cooperated with high temperatures in the lower 60s although the westerly winds were a bit brisk. Today – Friday – the springlike trends will continue as the strong March sunshine warms things into the 60s with lighter winds, helping to erase the memories of the cold and gloom earlier this week.

The weekend, however, will reveal a split personality with Saturday being the day to get out and enjoy outdoor activities around Fredericksburg (perhaps a train ride?). The thermometer will soar into the 70s ahead of the next cold front, which will cross the area during mid-afternoon. Behind that front Sunday will feature cooler and cloudier weather with a high only in the mid 40s. A couple of forecast models show chances for some precipitation (maybe even “fuzzy raindrops”) Sunday but other models keep that moisture south of the ‘Burg. Plan on a chance of wetness anyway just in case.

The first half of next week will then exhibit weather that will do its best to make us forget that spring has arrived. Temperatures through Wednesday will max out in the low to mid 40s, almost 20 degrees below normal. To add insult to injury another snow event is likely Tuesday with most models showing a major nor’easter winding up just off the East Coast. It’s too early to make a call on possible accumulations but put a placeholder on your calendar for messy conditions that day. More to come later on that storm.

Meanwhile a peek at the Climate Prediction Center’s 8-14 day outlook provides hope for more normal temperatures as April approaches:814temp.new

Hang in there spring lovers!!

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