Good morning to you, South Jersey, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Be sure to take some time today to count your blessings, be thankful for what you have, and if possible spend some time with loved ones. Today's forecast can be summed up in one word: Cold. Following the departure of yesterday's low pressure system, high pressure will begin to move eastward. Until it arrives later this week and into the weekend, we find ourselves on the eastern side of this core. What does that mean for us? Well, it means sunnier skies, dry conditions, and a strong northwesterly flow that will bring in plenty of cold air from the Great Lakes and Canada. Highs today will only reach the mid to upper 30s across the board, making this the coldest Thanksgiving in South Jersey in well over a decade! Northwest winds at 10 to 20mph will add an extra chill to the air, making it feel like it is in the mid to upper 20s before those winds calm down later today. As the wind calms down, it will allow us to cool down rather quickly and effectively (There's that radiation al cooling process that I've talked about before). Skies remain clear, and the air remains dry. Lows tonight will drop to near 20 degrees on the mainland and mid 20s on the beaches with a northwest wind at 5 to 10mph. So if you're planning on getting an early start on Black Friday shopping, bundle up! Even through the actual day itself, we still won't warm up too much. Skies remain mostly sunny, and high temperatures are expected to reach the 40 degree mark with a northwest wind at 5 to 10mph.
Winds remain calm through the weekend, but they'll begin to shift around and down to the southwest by the end of the weekend. As this occurs, we'll also watch high pressure move further to the east. This combination, along with a flattening jet stream, will help us warm up just a bit on Saturday. We'll see partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low to mid 40s on the mainland and coast. Sunday may end up being our warmest day of the forecast with highs near 50 degrees, but cloud cover will increase through the day. This comes around as we focus our attention to the Carolinas. The models are keying in on an area of low pressure that may come up and clip the region for the start of the next work week (Which is also the first work week of December). The problem is that there is no agreement on the timing or track of this system. Some say it's a total miss, other have it clipping the coast, and a few have everyone seeing some rain...though in all three cases, the system doesn't appear to be anything close to what came through yesterday. For now, I'll keep the mention of some showers for Monday night into Tuesday, but that's just about it. Otherwise, temperatures moderate in the mid to upper 40s from Monday to Wednesday. This long range portion of the forecast is subject to change as we (hopefully) get a consensus on what may or may not transpire.
Have a great day as well as a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt