TODAY: Cloudy with a Stray Shower, Warm. Becoming Breezy. Rain Holds Off Until After Midnight. Hi 61.
TONIGHT: Line of Showers and Possibly a Few Storms. Very Mild with Temperatures Holding Steady. Very Windy. Lo 55. Winds: W 15-25 mph, Gusts Up to 45 mph.
SUNDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Early Morning Rain. Windy and A Little Cooler for the Afternoon/Evening. Hi 60.
The morning hours already feel awfully different for a January day. It is a mild start with plenty of moisture out there. You can feel the added humidity in the air, and temperatures will climb to the low 60s today despite a lot of clouds rolling through. A few peeks of sunshine are possible throughout the day, but certainly not as much as yesterday. The record high for today is 71° set in 1975, and it is unlikely that we hit those type of numbers given the large amount of cloud cover today. Again low to mid-60s are most likely for the afternoon/evening.
Tonight the strong cold front that pushed all of this warm air up from the south will barrel through the region. Temperatures likely hold steady tonight or climb even higher- possibly into the middle and upper 60s! This spike in temperatures will be relatively brief as strong winds develop with the front, and ultimately temperatures fall a little tomorrow as somewhat cooler air arrives. With the warm air, there may be enough energy for some thunderstorms to arrive with the bursts of heavy rain overnight! Don’t be surprised to hear a few rumbles of thunder. This rain and storm activity is likely to arrive after midnight.
As a result of the strong front tonight and strong wind gusts, a High Wind Watch has been issued for areas west of Harrisburg that could see gusts over 45 mph. The higher terrain areas in the ridges and valleys are most likely to experience this. Areas to the east could still gusts stronger than 30 mph overnight.
Our Sunday will see things dry out, and overall it will feel a little cooler. However, 50s are likely for the daytime hours which is still very mild! Sunday will be blustery too with sustained winds 10 to 20 mph.
Enjoy the weekend!
-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso