After a wild weekend this week looks nice
The surface low pressure that pummeled Fredericksburg over the weekend with wind, rain and even frozen stuff is slowly trudging northward. In its wake the ‘Burg will have clear skies but gusty winds today as exhibited in this visible satellite image taken at 8:15 a.m.:
The clouds in Southwestern Virginia and North Carolina provide visual evidence of the northwesterly air flow behind the departing storm system. The NWS Sterling forecast for Fredericksburg today does hold promise of a maximum temperature of 70 degrees, but winds gusting to nearly 40 mph will mitigate the warmth a bit.
As the low moves away the winds will calm this evening. Tuesday, the first day of April, will dawn sunny and delightful with the thermometer rising from a low in the upper 30s to the 70-degree mark yet again. And if that isn’t enough for those patiently (or impatiently!) awaiting nice weather, Wednesday will be few degrees warmer than that under continued sunny skies. The next chance of rain arrives Thursday afternoon but even then the temperatures will reach the upper 60s.
Average high temperatures for Fredericksburg at the beginning of April are in the low 60s, climbing into the low 70s by the end of the month. There will be some days over the next two weeks that contain slightly below average temperatures but no major cold air outbreaks (>10 degrees below average) are showing up on any forecast models. Spring may indeed have sprung!