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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Severe weather still on tap later today

The severe weather threat is in place pending the arrival of some clear skies later today. All the necessary ingredients are present and will be awaiting the “stirring of the pot” by daytime heating provided by sunshine. This is the Storm Prediction Center graphic for the high wind threat:day1probotlk_1200_windSignificant threats of large hail and tornadoes are also in play. However, the highest probability for Fredericksburg and surrounding counties will be damaging straight line winds along with torrential rain and abundant lightning.

Timing of these events is difficult as the forecast models are struggling to deal with a complex set of existing conditions. But residents should be on the alert anytime after noon today. Please keep an eye on the sky for quickly changing conditions and have more than one emergency weather information source (weather radio, emergency messaging apps, local radio/TV, etc) close at hand. If you have scheduled outdoor activities this afternoon and evening you need to have contingency plans in place now.

The good news? After this mess clears out the work week will bring delightful weather. Temperatures and humidity levels will be below normal for the end of July. But today? Stay safe!!