Weather Forecast Discussion

Some sunshine returns today but the cool air remains

A little light rain tonight into early Thursday

TODAY:  Areas of patchy fog early; otherwise, sunshine giving way to afternoon clouds. High: 50
TONIGHT: Cloudy with occasional light rain and drizzle. Low: 42

THURSDAY: Lingering light rain and drizzle to start. then turning partly sunny and windy. Maybe an isolated afternoon shower.  High: 53 Low: 31

Those expecting to see the sunshine yesterday were disappointed as some stubborn clouds foiled the sunny forecast, especially in Pennsylvania where a persistent deck of low clouds refused to budge for much of the day. November can be notorious for these obstinate cloud decks, given the low sun angle this time of year. Clouds did finally thin out last night, which should yield better results in terms of some sunshine today.

Outside of some patchy fog or low clouds this morning, expect partly sunny skies on our Wednesday, although some clouds will increase later in the day ahead of our next cold front. It will be a seasonably cool and dry day with highs around 50, still a few degrees below our average high temperature for mid-November. In fact, today should be the ninth straight day of below average temperatures, a streak that started back on November 7th.

Clouds thicken overnight and some light rain will develop as our next cold front approaches, with the highest chances of some light rain between midnight and sunrise. Rainfall amounts should be light, generally around a tenth of an inch, with  the abundant clouds helping to keep temperatures much milder than the past few nights as lows remain above 40 degrees. Therefore, there are no icing or winter weather concerns expected across the area.

Any lingering light rain very early Thursday morning should be quickly swept offshore by our cold front, and clouds should break for some sunshine as the day unfolds. But while the sunshine will be on the increase, so too will the winds as a blustery westerly breeze may gust to 30 miles-per-hour by afternoon. There could be an isolated pop-up shower in the afternoon, especially towards the Poconos, but most of the day remains dry with seasonably cool highs in the low 50s.

 Friday may finally be the day we see those coveted and difficult to attain mostly sunny skies from start to finish, although it will be brisk and cool sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Nevertheless, it's a bright and dry end to the work week before some weekend changes arrive.

Our next weather maker arrives later Saturday, as a warm front will first approach Saturday afternoon, followed by a cold front later Saturday night. Both fronts will bring some occasional showers ahead of them, so expect some wet weather through the first half of the weekend. We could squeeze out some dry weather early in the day so it may not be a washout, but rain chances will increase towards the afternoon and overnight hours as both fronts sweep through the area. There will be a surge of milder air between the two fronts, but it doesn't look like most of our area will successfully break into this warm sector hence the cooler temperatures will again prevail.

Behind our weekend cold front, another shot of colder and windy weather will arrive for Sunday and Monday. Clouds will give way to partly sunny skies on Sunday, and we should maintain that mix of clouds and sun through Monday as well. Our streak of below average days will continue to expand, as highs will only be in the 40s for most of next week, including the busy holiday travel days before Thanksgiving. While a bit chilly, it thankfully also looks mostly dry for holiday travelers.

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High Low
Current 56°F 40°F
Average 49°F 31°F
Record 73°F November 21, 1931 17°F November 21, 1951