A two-part weekend lies ahead of Fredericksburg in terms of weather.
Tropical Storm Elsa is centered near Long Island New York this Friday morning (see graphic). The Fredericksburg area escaped the worst of the impact yesterday, with local gusts of wind only reaching near 20 miles per hour and total rainfall less than an inch. East of US Route 301, however, the winds were a bit rougher, with a number of stations reporting winds with tropical gale force (> 39 miles per hour). A number of tornadoes have been reported in the tidewater area as the “rotation” of Elsa’s cycle encouraged rotating thunderstorms.
On Friday there will be hot and humid conditions in and around Fredericksburg, with afternoon highs of over 90 degrees again. A cold front will slowly cross the Appalachians today. A few light showers are before the border over the Blue Ridge this morning. They may or may not hold together long enough to dampen the castle this morning. However, expect strong thunderstorms after 3:00 p.m. today, one or two of which may become severe.
This cold front will end south and east of the area tonight, leaving slightly cooler and less humid conditions behind. So Saturday dawns with local thermometers sagging until the mid-60s before rising to afternoon highs in the upper 80s. The humidity in the Fredericksburg area will be a bit more pleasant tomorrow, as the dew points will drop from the present 70s to the mid 60s.