Presidents Day Sunshine Week Ahead Outlook No Major Storms Ahead
We hit bottom with temperatures this weekend on Saturday, fought off clouds on Sunday, and now we have a rather nice day from start to finish on this Presidents Day. Most highs today will be in the 40s with warmer spots from South Jersey southward near 50. Colder spots to the north of NYC will be in the low to mid 40s. All in all a nice mid February day with no worries. The satellite picture shows us in the clear with clouds coming in later this evening and tonight. Enjoy the day! The radars are nice and quiet for the most part.
Clouds will start to increase tonight. We have the next storm system approaching for Tuesday and Tuesday with a cold front heading east. This is going to be a minor event with just a few showers later Tuesday into Tuesday night. Rainfall amounts from this are rather light and well under a quarter of an inch. This also looks to be the only day this week where precipitation is an issue.
For snow lovers and skiers once again it is areas north of I-90 in upstate NY and New England that will get snow from this system for Tuesday. Nothing major is indicated here. Most places will see a few to at most 4 inches. When precipitation arrives Tuesday in Northern Pennsylvania (north of Route 80) and the Hudson Valley and Connecticut north of Route 84, a burst of snow at the start that could leave a coating to an inch or so and then it goes to rain. Temperatures Tuesday will reach the mid 40s to near 50 from NYC northward and mid to upper 50s from Philadelphia south and east.
This next cold front will drop into the Southeastern US as a cold high builds eastward out of the Plains. This will keep things dry and cold beginning Wednesday and taking us right through Friday. The front stalls so far south that even though a wave develops on it late this week it will pass well to the south and east of us. There is a chance for some snow on the northern most fringe of this reaching into North Carolina and possibly into Southernmost Virginia but it won’t go any further north than that.
For the Northern Mid Atlantic states to Southern New England highs Wednesday will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s and mostly 30s Thursday and Friday with some sunshine all three days. Our weather actually may remain dry into the start of next week as activity picks up again.
We talked yesterday about Storm “Dennis” in the Northeast Atlantic that impacted Great Britain with wind rain and flooding. This was probably the second strongest storm ever observed in the North Atlantic and achieved a pressure only seen in category 5 hurricanes! We thought that perhaps this storm would be strong enough to move a few chess pieces around in the upper atmosphere and this remains the case today. It might…might..open up a small window of opportunity for snow lovers late in the month and during the first week to 10 days in March. We still believe that is possible though if it turns out that the I-95 urban corridor doesn’t see another flake or an ice pellet this winter it would not surprise me. Given this we will just watch and see just how these systems downstream line up next week. In the meantime at least we get a break in the non stop rain gloom and doom pattern that has dominated our weather this month and for most of the winter.
MANY THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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