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A dry weekend ahead

With dewpoints stuck in the oppressive low 70s conditions around Fredericksburg may have seemed more tropical than temperate the past few days. The good news is that change is literally on the horizon. This section of a water vapor satellite image shows today’s setup:Friday wv image sliceThe dotted blue line is an old frontal boundary that has been hanging around for a few days triggering showers and storms. The solid blue line is the next cold front that will sweep out the old soggy airmass and replace it with dryer cooler air.  But we first have to deal with still more rain and thunder today. In addition both Stafford and King George counties are under a Coastal Flood Advisory for this morning.

Temperatures today will top out in the low 80s with rainfall totals in the quarter- to half-inch range. Some low lying areas could see some flash flooding if this moisture comes in the form of a slow moving thunderstorm. The skies will remain mostly cloudy until after the new cold front clears through the region, which won’t occur until after sundown.

Saturday morning’s temperatures in the low 60s will herald the cooler and dryer air that will dominate this weekend. Both tomorrow and Sunday will feature lots of sunshine with high temperatures near the 80 degree mark and dewpoints remaining in the comfortable upper 50s. Participants in and onlookers of the Soap Box Derby Saturday will have very nice weather in which to enjoy the competition. (You may want to apply some sunscreen however!) And there are plenty of other activities this weekend to provide reasons to go outdoors so get out and enjoy!

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