Weather Forecast Discussion

Soaking rain, sometimes heavy & windswept, overnight into Sunday

A little ice & snow possible to the north Sunday

TONIGHT: Cloudy and breezy with periods of rain, heavy at times. Some sleet or freezing rain possible in northern areas late. Low: 36

SUNDAY: Cloudy, brisk and much chillier with some rain and drizzle; some sleet or freezing rain possible north. High: 39

SUNDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with rain and drizzle tapering off and ending, ending as a bit of snow across northern areas. Low: 31

***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR CARBON, MONROE, NORTHAMPTON, WARREN, AND SUSSEX COUNTIES FROM 5 AM TO 6 PM SUNDAY***

***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR PIKE COUNTY FROM 2 AM TO 8 PM SUNDAY***

While Saturday certainly featured plenty of clouds, things ended up being fairly dry for a lot of locations for much of the day. To go along with that high temperatures climbed to milder levels topping out either side of 50 degrees. While a potent area of low pressure to our southwest was producing a decent swath of rainfall, much of this activity had initially been suppressed to our south thanks to an area of high pressure flexing its muscles across eastern Canada.

Low pressure across Kentucky and Tennessee will track northeastward into Virginia tonight. Steady rain should overspread the entire area overnight and the rain may be windswept and heavy at times. At the same time, high pressure will be building into northern New England and this will provide us with a northeasterly wind flow. That northeasterly flow will help drain cold air down across the region which will eventually allow some sleet and freezing rain to mix in across parts of the Poconos, far northwestern New Jersey, and the Slate Belt as we get towards dawn Sunday. A light glaze of ice will be possible by sunrise in some of these northern areas, especially on elevated surfaces and elevations above 1000 feet. For the majority of us however, overnight low temperatures should stay above freezing in the mid 30s and roadways should just be wet.

For Sunday, low pressure will move from Virginia to a position just off the Jersey Shore late in the day. Meanwhile high pressure will remain over northern New England and Atlantic Canada keeping a chilly northeasterly wind flow in place. The result will be a damp, raw, and breezy day with most locations seeing periods of rain (not as heavy as Saturday overnight) and drizzle. Rainfall totals look to run anywhere between three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half area-wide with isolated higher amounts possible. While high temperatures for most should be above freezing in the upper 30s, some spots in the Poconos, far northwestern New Jersey, and the Slate Belt will likely see temperatures closer to 32 degrees and this means times of sleet and freezing rain will continue, especially for elevations above 1000 feet. Up to a tenth of an inch of ice is possible, especially on elevated surfaces and elevations above 1000 feet. Once again, you'll want to be mindful of some slippery spots in these northern areas.

By Sunday evening, low pressure should be departing our region moving away to the northeast off the coast of New England. A gusty northwesterly wind wrapping in colder air on the backside of the storm system should allow for a brief period where rain, sleet, and freezing rain changes to snow in the Poconos, far northwestern New Jersey, and the Slate Belt. This may lead to a slushy coating to an inch or two of accumulation here making for more slippery times. While a few snowflakes may mix in with rain further south across the Lehigh Valley or even Berks, little or no accumulation is expected here. Precipitation should be done with by midnight, and overnight low temperatures should fall to around 32 degrees.

While breezy and chilly, mostly dry weather returns next Monday and Tuesday with brisk west to northwest breezes and at least partly sunny skies. There could be a few flurries or snow showers towards the Poconos either day but we’re mainly dry, with highs in the mid 40s on Monday and then chillier mid 30s come Tuesday. High pressure will build atop the region for the middle of the week leading to dry conditions and fairly sunny skies with slowly moderating temperatures. By the end of the week, a southerly wind flow will return leading to mild temperatures. We could be pushing 50 degrees or warmer again by Friday, but that will also come with a decent chance for rain as another potent low pressure system tracks from the Deep South up into the Ohio Valley. Behind that storm system next weekend we can expect a slight chance for a rain or snow shower as a breezy northwesterly wind flow ushers in a return to seasonable temperatures.

Have a great and safe rest of the weekend!


10 Day Forecast

  • Saturday

    52° / 36°
    Lingering Fog; Rain & Drizzle 60%
  • Sunday

    39° / 31°
    Rain, Drizzle; Brisk, Chilly 80%
  • Monday

    45° / 27°
    Clouds and Sun; Breezy 20%
  • Tuesday

    36° / 23°
    Some Sun; Brisk and Cold 20%
  • Wednesday

    43° / 27°
    Sun and Clouds; Not as Cold 0%
  • Thursday

    45° / 37°
    Mostly Cloudy; Some PM Rain 40%
  • Friday

    51° / 39°
    Rather Cloudy; Rain Possible 40%
  • Saturday

    44° / 30°
    Brisk; Rain or Snow Shower 30%
  • Sunday

    40° / 28°
    A Few Rain or Snow Showers 30%
  • Monday

    41° / 29°
    Partly Sunny 0%

 The Accuweather Channel Forecast

Historical Averages

High Low
Current 52°F 36°F
Average 40°F 24°F
Record 60°F December 16, 1971 1°F December 16, 1951

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