2013 will end with a couple of seasonably cool, breezy, partly sunny, and therefore dry days across South Jersey. Our average high for late December is 43 degrees, and I'm forecasting mid 40s on Monday, and low 40s on Tuesday. A brisk breeze from the northwest(Monday) and west(Tuesday) around 15mph will add a slight chill to the air, but nothing incredibly cold heading into the New Year.
New Year's Eve/Day also look seasonably cold and dry, with partly cloudy/sunny skies respectively. Evening temps on First Night(Tuesday night) drop through the 30s and eventually into the 20s around or after midnight. I'm thinking temps as the ball drops in South Jersey should be around 28-32 degrees, with a northwest breeze at 10mph keeping wind chills, or feels like temps, in the low to mid 20s. A bit chilly, sure. But nothing unusual for the time of year.
New Year's Day looks a tad colder, but still dry and partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Polar bears taking the plunge...that's a bit colder than years past, but not the bitter cold that I initially thought would be here in South Jersey for the New Year. That looks to come down in a quick 1-2 day shot Friday, and then a potentially bigger shot next week.
Before that cold comes, a pair of storms are possible, one Thursday/Friday, the next for next Monday. Let's only discuss the first one later this week...and that looks like some rain changing to some snow here in South Jersey to me. But it also looks like we'll be too far south regarding the storm track and amount of cold air available for this to be a major winter storm for us. Farther north, for North Jersey and especially New England, that could be a different story.
Have a great end to 2013 South Jersey, and a very happy and healthy New Year!