Good Tuesday morning to you, South Jersey! I hope you all were able to enjoy the seasonable weather that we had yesterday...it'll be a few days before it comes back. A cold front is making its way through the region as I type this discussion, and it is bringing a rather strong surge of cold air with it. Some rain showers have been moving through the area this morning while temperatures remained in the upper 40s, but as that front as approached, temperatures have dropped and will continue to drop through the day today. Any rain showers through the later morning hours may mix with or switch over to a wet snowfall...I don't expect anything significant in the way of accumulation, but a light dusting on grassy surfaces or the occasional car roof isn't impossible the further north and west you go. Temperatures will drop through the low 40s and upper 30s into the afternoon with a northwest wind at 15 to 20mph. We'll be in for a pair of cold nights...the first of them coming around tonight. Skies will gradually clear as our cold front moves further out to sea and high pressure begins to take hold of the eastern sea board. Lows on the mainland will drop well into the mid to upper 20s while the coast holds steady in the low 30s. Northwest winds will also remain breezy at 10 to 15mph.
Our coldest day of the season thus far rolls around tomorrow as high pressure remains in control and cold air continues to be channeled into the Northeast from Canada. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny, but that will do us little good in the long run. Highs will struggle to reach the low 40s across the board with a northwest wind at 10 to 20mph. Wind chill values, based on that forecast, will be in the low 30s. After another night in the mid 20s to near 30 degrees (Which may end up being cooler if the wind calms down), we begin to warm up once again. It won't be a significant warm-up, but we'll make a climb up the thermometer and return to near average highs and lows. High pressure will continue to drift eastward, and as it does, winds will shift from that cooler northwest direction to a warmer west by southwest direction. We'll start off in the low to mid 50s on Thursday while staying calm and dry, but by the first half of the weekend, we'll be back in the upper 50s on the mainland and mid 50s on the coast. All the while, we remain calm and mostly sunny. We also remain dry, and while that's never a bad thing in moderation, we could use some rainfall. When is our next chance for that? Well, not until the tail end of Sunday at the earliest, but Monday appears to be our best bet as of now with a cold front pushing through the region. Showers are possible with highs in the mid to upper 50s.
Have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt