Windswept temperatures to start St. Patrick's Day weekend with a few flurries or sprinkles around

Plenty o' sun Sunday with some showers at night

TODAY: Blustery and chillier with a mix of sun and clouds; a flurry or sprinkle, mainly to the north. High: 50

TONIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy, brisk and colder. Low: 28

SUNDAY: Mostly, brisk and chilly. High: 46 Low: 28

From the spring-like 70s to seasonably cool, St. Patrick's Day weekend will feel drastically different than how we wrapped up the work week. For many of us, Friday's 70s were the first since the beginning of November...more than 4 months ago. In fact, Trenton even claimed a new record high, tossing out the 72 degrees set back in 2002 with a balmy 74 instead.

A breezy, southwesterly wind supplied the unseasonable warmth ahead of a vigorous cold front "March"ing in from the west. That front triggered a line of strong thunderstorms southeast of Blue Ridge which produced rainfall amounts on the order of 1" to 2", penny and nickel sized hail, and gusts that brought down trees in a few areas.

Behind that boundary, seasonably colder air will return along a gusty wind. Unlike yesterday when the breeze felt kind of nice, today's wind will add a chill to the air causing us to reach for the sweatshirt or jacket after shedding it Friday.

While there could be a flurry or sprinkle around, mainly in the Pocono, most of Saturday will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds. Wind will diminish later Saturday and at night as temperatures tumble into the upper 20s. It will be a bit brisk and chilly with a bright, waxing moon hanging high in the sky through St. Patrick's Day morning.

High pressure will gain some ground on St. Patrick's Day leading to plenty o' sunshine and lighter winds. It'll still be a bit cooler than average with highs in the middle 40s, but we're just happy there won't be any "green" on radar until perhaps later Sunday night.

That's when a fast-moving Alberta clipper system will be racing by to our south, driving some snow or rain showers in the mid-Atlantic. Friends along and south of the Mason-Dixon Line stand the best chance to see these showers, but we won't rule them out yet for the rest of us, primarily in the morning.

Our next weather hiccup may come in the form of some frozen and liquid showers as a weak cold front slides through on Thursday. This time, the better odds for snow will be in areas north and west of the Lehigh Valley. Again, this doesn’t appear to be a big deal.

It will have more psychological impacts than anything else as we officially flip the calendar from astronomical winter to spring the day before on Wednesday. Fortunately, temperatures will flip, too, by the following weekend as temperatures "spring" to 60 degrees.

Wishes for a safe and relaxing weekend!

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