Scattered Showers Overnight Into Friday Otherwise Dry Until Sunday
Storm Heads To Western Great Lakes
Some places today struggled with clouds and others less so. Areas from Southern New Jersey & Southern Pennsylvania southward had enough sun to take temperatures to the upper 40s and lower 50s while north of that zone to Southern New England clouds hung in rather strongly and temperatures didn’t make it much out of the low and middle 40. The regional radar is picking up on a little light rain shower activity moving across upstate NY as the next weak cold front makes its way eastward.
There will be clouds around tonight and there could be a few widely scattered showers overnight mainly well north and west of coastal areas. Most lows tonight will be in the mid to upper 30s as clouds hold temperatures up in most places. The threat for a passing shower continues Friday morning but we should see some improvement in the afternoon from west to east as the cold front passes offshore. Clouds will be an issue until later in the afternoon as they begin to move out from west to east. Highs will be mostly in the 40s.
There are no changes in the outlook for the weekend. Saturday will be the better of the two weekend days. We should see a good deal of sunshine for most of the day and highs will be reaching into the 50s. Then Sunday we see a storm now off the coast of Southern California will be heading to New Mexico and then northeast from there toward Kansas and then eventually Minnesota.
Snow from this system will be from the Great Lakes across Northern New England. Look for clouds and an increasing chance for showers on Sunday. This could wind up being a 1 to 2 inch rain producer when the rains are all said and done Monday morning. Sunday’s highs will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s. The warm front will have a tough time getting through. The primary low dies out over the Great Lakes and redevelops south of Long Island. There is some blocky-ness out there in the North Atlantic…just not enough of it to bring issues to areas other than Interior Northern New England.
One of the more interesting developments over the last week or so has been the formation of a polar vortex way up in the Arctic region. This has effectively locked up all the arctic air up there and very little of it is getting sent southward. That sets up next week to be near or a bit above average overall. There is a little bit of a Canadian connection but with the arctic cut off, the air is not all that cold. Once the weekend low pulls out on Monday some slow improvement should occur Tuesday and Wednesday though it looks to be a bit on the breezy side into New Years Day. We don’t see any serious issues for New Years Eve and New Years Day other than the stray rain or snow shower. The next chance for any precipitation after Sunday will be late next week or next weekend.
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