By Chris White

Weather Blog: Since Fredericksburg resides "in the seam" between the Richmond VA and Washington DC media markets this blog is a look at the weather from a Fredericksburg-centric point of view.

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A nice spring weekend ahead

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The storm system barreling across the nation has produced a lot of rough weather to the west of the Appalachians the past couple of days. Check out this Storm Prediction Center graphic showing the severe weather reports from yesterday (Thursday):SPC rpts 3AprThe good news for Fredericksburg is that the upper-level support for this type of weather is pushing northward into the Great Lakes region. That means the ‘Burg will escape the severe weather – this time – and after things settle down a nice spring weekend is on tap.

Today a cold front that pushed south of the area earlier this week will slowly slide northward as a warm front. The presence of this boundary will create a sharp temperature gradient across the region, with temperatures in the ‘Burg topping out near 70 while D.C. and Maryland will struggle to reach the 60s. Then another cold front will approach from the west later today with showers and perhaps a thunderstorm entering the picture near the dinner hour. First Friday participants may need rain gear this evening.

This next front will cross Fredericksburg around midnight and usher in a cool and breezy air mass behind it. Thus Saturday will dawn sunny with temperatures starting out in the mid-40s and only climbing into the low 60s. Winds will be brisk as well – gusting to 25 mph – so jackets will be in order as you head outside to participate in the LaZalia Richardson Scholarship 5K and other local activities.

Sunday will be sunny and cool as well with the thermometer topping out in the low 60s. However the winds will be much lighter as the pressure gradient behind the cold front relaxes so the latter half of the weekend will seem more pleasant. Monday will bring plenty of rain – perhaps an inch – as another storm system affects the area so make sure you enjoy the outdoors this weekend!

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