Showers return Wednesday, nearing a record low this weekend

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Temperatures will be 10-12 degrees cooler than average this week....

THIS EVENING: Mostly Clear, Breezy. Temperatures Falling To 58 By 8pm. Winds: NW 10-15 mph.

TONIGHT: Partly Cloudy, Cool & Breezy. Lo 40. Winds: NW 5-15 mph. Gusts to 25 mph.

TUESDAY: Increasing Clouds, Cool. Hi 58.

Northwest winds are slowly relaxing this evening and temperatures will continue to drop into the lower 40s tonight. Some spots may dip to 38 or 39 degrees overnight.

An area of low pressure organize southeast of the Mid-state Wednesday, which will spread in rain and also cooler air. This will not be a day to get outside as it will be damp with temperatures only climbing into the low to mid 50s. Rainfall amounts of 0.5-0.75″ are expected before the rain exits by Thursday morning.

A stronger front will bring us more showers Friday afternoon, but the bigger story will be the chill to follow for the weekend. Confidence continues to grow in well below average (potentially near record cold) by Friday night and Saturday. Area-wide lows will tumble into the mid/upper 30s both Saturday and Sunday mornings with highs struggling to get above 50 in spots on Saturday. At the moment, widespread frost/freeze concerns are not expected in south central Pennsylvania as winds will be elevated and temperatures look to stay several degrees above freezing, but we’ll keep watching trends. With a strong northwest wind blowing over the lakes, it’s not out of the question that parts of northern and western PA see snow squalls Friday night through Saturday! Even locally, we’re not ruling out some flakes or graupel over the mountains. It will be a shock as average highs by then are in the low 70s! Enjoy the warmer temperatures while you can, because the chill from April looks to stick around for at least the next 7-10 days.

-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder

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