Beautiful Thursday Wet Snow Rain Cold And Windy Mother’s Day Weekend
Let’ start off with what is going to be a beautiful spring day across much of the Northeast and Northern Mid Atlantic states. Clouds have pulled away to the east and the satellite picture shows mainly clear skies from the coast west into the Ohio Valley. There are no issues to worry about today and with a day filled with sunshine, highs will be in the 60s just about everywhere this afternoon. Enjoy it because we have some rather volatile weather to get through over the next several days.
Most of tonight should be clear with lows mainly in the 40s. We will cloud up during the day Friday as highs reach the 50s to near 60. Then we watch low pressure head out of the plains and into the Lower Ohio Valley, eventually heading off the coast to Southern New England Saturday morning.
We are going to see rain develop from this lasting into early Saturday morning. As the low goes by and colder air is drawn southward (especially aloft) we could see rain mix or even change to wet snow flakes bringing a rare snowfall down to the coast. This is a rather rare event for the month of May.
The dark green areas on the Weather Prediction Center’s map show a 40 percent chance of at least 2 inches of snow. That area extends into Northwest New Jersey to the Hudson Valley north of Route 84. This will be elevation driven and snow accumulations will primarily occur at elevations above 1500 feet. This extends southwest into the Catskills and Poconos. Also there is a high probability in Southwest Pennsylvania into West Virginia of at least 2 and possibly as much as 4 inches in some places. For the coast there will be trace amounts as wet snow flakes potentially mix in.
Again we are emphasizing snow levels above 1500 feet the light blue shows the potential of a coating to an inch down to the Lower Hudson Valley and also a small portion of Northwest New Jersey. Also a coating to a few inches are possible for the Poconos and Catskills as well as Northwest Connecticut. Once we get past sunrise any snow will disappear in a hurry. During the day Saturday it will be windy and cold with ineffective self destructive sunshine and the chance for a few rain or snow showers. Highs in many areas won’t get out of the 40s. This sets us up for a very cold Saturday night into Sunday morning and we have to look for the possibility of freezes in some areas inland. Winds will gust to 40 mph at times on Saturday and it will still be rather windy into Sunday morning.
Sunday, Mother’s Day we will see plenty of sunshine and it will be breezy with highs back in the mid to upper 50s. Another low will be diving southeastward from the Great Lakes to the Delaware/New Jersey coast setting us up for rain or showers on Monday with highs in the 50s. The good news is that the cold pattern relaxes later next week as temperatures trend back to normal or even above normal for next weekend.
MANY THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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