Let The Warmup Begin As Rain Brings in the New Year
Today is the day that virtually everyone in Eastern Pennsylvania to Southern New England gets above freezing for the first time in nearly 4 days. It is also the first time that few lucky folks will see temperature touch or pierce the 40 degree mark. The flow from Canada is gone and being replaced by a west to east flow from the Pacific and that will likely last into next week. Let’s enjoy the temperature recovery today along with sunshine and some passing clouds. Some light snows are moving across Upstate NY and New England but this won’t amount to much/ Local radars should be mostly quiet through the end of the week.
Tonight we will be clear and cold with most lows in the teens and lower 20s inland and mid to upper 20s in warmer urban locations. This sets up for a nice bounce higher Wednesday & Thursday. We should see sunshine take temperatures into the low and middle 40s for highs Wednesday and then tack on another 5 degrees Thursday with high in the mid 40s to around 50 degrees in some places.
The warm up will continue Friday and into the weekend and that is when we will see low pressure coming out of the Plains and heading to the east. There is no cold air to speak of east of the Rockies which is the exact opposite of what we saw at this time last week when cold air was pouring into the Plains and Rockies and a major storm was starting to take shape. Friday will be a nice sunny warm day with highs in the 50s. Saturday we will be even warmer with cloudy and highs reaching the 50s to around 60. There might be a little light rain or drizzle around late Friday night into Saturday morning along the coast along with some patchy fog. Rain looks to arrive sometime Saturday night, perhaps in time for the arrival of the new year. This does not look to be a big deal rain wise as it lasts in the Sunday New Years Day. A half to three quarters of an inch seems doable.
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