Good morning, and thank goodness it's Friday, South Jersey! Despite the cloud cover that has moved into the region overnight last night and through the morning today, we'll remain dry and slightly warmer with highs in the low 40s. This cloud shield is associated with a frontal boundary that is stemming from the massive winter storm that continues to move to the northeast to our west. While the core of this original low will miss us well to the west and north, a secondary low will form off of the North Carolina coastline tonight and move to the northeast tomorrow in a familiar manner. We've seen this before, and the end result won't be any different: Rain for South Jersey, while southern New England is in the cross hairs for another winter storm. We'll see temperatures rise into the upper 40s for Saturday with plenty of rainfall for all of us. Rainfall amounts will range from half an inch to a full inch...think about it this way for a moment: If this were snow, we would be talking about accumulations of up to 10 inches of snow. Alas, as stated earlier, it will be far too warm for snow down here.
Once this low passes through the area, high pressure returns and gives us a much improved day on Sunday. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 40s, but it will be windy once again. Thankfully, the wind dies down for Monday before we watch another low make its way into the Mid-Atlantic region for Tuesday. Another rain chance arises with temperatures approaching 50 degrees for the day before we get a one day break on Wednesday. Also, temperatures appear to drop once we hit the middle of the week. This will be critical for the long term forecast, since another coastal storm arrives on Thursday. I have it pegged as a rain event primarily, but a switch to snow cannot be ruled out if temperatures drop enough. Dan and I will continue to monitor this storm.
Have a great weekend!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt