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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Springing backwards this week

Someone has said that “all good things must come to an end” and that will hold true for the beautiful spring weather this past weekend. A storm system is dragging a cold front toward Fredericksburg with rain and colder temperatures as a result. The local airports and the UMW weather station all recorded Sunday’s high temperatures in the low to mid-80s. While today – Monday – also looks like an 80 degree day the thermometer will slide precipitously downward the rest of this week.

With the exception of a few possible sprinkles this afternoon the rain will hold off until after dinnertime. The precipitation and clouds will hold sway overnight and all day Tuesday, unfortunately blocking out the ‘Burg’s view of the total lunar eclipse in the wee hours tomorrow morning. (You can watch a video stream on NASA TV if you want to see the eclipse despite the weather.)

Fredericksburg will see perhaps an inch of rain by Tuesday night. Rainfall totals will be significant all along the East Coast as seen in this Weather Prediction Center graphic:d12_fill

The rain won’t be the only story with this system, however. Ahead of the front south winds will gust up to 25 mph today. Then after the front slams through Fredericksburg between 3 and 4 p.m. Tuesday the winds will swap around from the northwest and increase in intensity. That, of course, means colder air entering the area.

Tuesday’s high temperature near 70 degrees will occur during the lunch hour and the thermometer will plummet to the 50 degree mark by dinnertime accompanied by gusts over 30 mph. (You may want to take a warm jacket with you to work or school tomorrow morning.) By Wednesday morning temperatures will be flirting with the freezing mark with the 70s and 80s only a memory for the rest of the week.



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