TONIGHT: Windy & Cold, Snow Squalls. Lo 20. Winds: NW 15-20 mph. Gusts to 40 mph.
FRIDAY: Windy & Cold. Hi 28. Winds: NW 15-20 mph. Gusts to 45 mph.
SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, Brisk! Hi 32. Winds: NW 5-15 mph.
SUNDAY: Mostly Cloudy, PM Light Snow. Hi 32. Winds: Light.
A much different air mass has moved in bringing the coldest air of the season so far. Highs only climbed to the upper 20s and low 30s with wind chill values in the low 20s and teens. Wind gusts have been as strong as 30-40 mph and that will continue through tonight and tomorrow. A few snow showers or squalls are possible overnight, but this activity should not be widespread.
Our Friday and Saturday will continue the dry weather, with more sunshine expected Saturday compared to Friday. Friday will also feature a continuation of the strong winds. Again gusts could rise to the 40-50 mph range at their strongest. Highs both days range from the upper 20s to low 30s.
The current cold air will set the stage for a possible winter storm late this weekend as an area of low pressure emerges out of the Rockies. With the event still several days away, plenty of uncertainty remains, but it appears snow will develop south to north by Sunday afternoon ahead of a warm front. Enough warm air may move northward for an eventual transition to a mix late Sunday into early Monday, but this remains uncertain. *We do know based on the latest trends that the snow Sunday afternoon and evening should be mainly light. Only a few inches of snow are likely from this warm front and first batch of moisture.
A secondary wave of precipitation will develop Monday as a new coastal low develops just offshore of New Jersey. This is the storm that could generate a bigger snow potential locally. If the track of that low stays close enough, snow could persist into much of Monday, or if the storm travels further east, then we may get dry slotted for a time (this could favor eastern counties). Either way, while it’s still too early for specifics, plan for some travel disruptions late Sunday and Monday.
Some warmer air will try to move in for the end of next week, but overall expect plenty of chilly air over the next seven days as we head into February. We will continue to post updates as we get new data about the Sunday/Monday storm. Stay tuned!
-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso