Northeast and Mid-atlantic Weather: Snow and Cold This Weekend, Then Rain and Mild Temperatures This Week


Our storm system dumped 4 to 6 inches of snow on parts of South Jersey, Southeast Pennsylvania, and Delaware yesterday but only a coating to an inch or two on parts of Northern New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, NYC, and Long Island, has passed, and it will be very cold and dry today and Sunday. We’ll get some sunshine today, but gusty winds and the center of this fresh Arctic air mass overhead will keep temps in the low to mid-20s.

This cold air mass will take its own time moving through and out of the area, resulting in a very chilly night into Sunday morning. The skies will be generally clear, and the wind will continue to gust, so temperatures will be quite consistent. Sunday morning lows will typically be in the low to mid-teens. A few single-digit temperatures are expected in the coolest places north and northwest of the coast.

On Sunday, it will continue to be windy as strong high pressure pushes toward the coast and the gradient stays fairly tight due to low pressure well offshore. However, the gradient should begin to soften later in the day. Sunday looks to be a bright day, with highs in the upper 20s and a few locations breaking above 30 degrees.

Monday marks the start of the work week with sunshine, and temperatures could rise somewhat. Highs will reach the mid to high 30s, and this will be the first day in the previous seven when temperatures will be above 32 degrees. Tuesday marks the start of the parade of three storm systems that will pass over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

None of them look to be major storms, but we will be in a moist flow beginning Tuesday, and these lows will follow similar paths to the west, creating a conveyor belt effect. Rain is expected to fall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. A second storm is expected to bring rain on Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by a third system next weekend.

Most people have reported fatigue from the heavy rains that began in mid-December and continued into January. Unfortunately, we are in a rainy trend once more. There will be no arctic air over the United States this week, which should save you money on your heating expenditures.

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