A windy but mild start to 2019

More rain possible by the end of the week

TODAY: Patchy fog early; windy with some sunshine along with a flurry or shower north. High: 56

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, brisk and turning colder. Low: 29

WEDNESDAY: Colder with some sun followed by clouds; some flurries/snow shower at night. High: 40 Low: 30


New Year’s Day will be the mildest day of the week, with morning highs in the mid 50s before temperatures will ease back a few degrees during the afternoon. Clouds should break for some sunshine as drier air arrives, courtesy of rather blustery winds that will shift from the west-northwest and eventually usher in some cooler (but not necessarily colder ) air for the rest of the week. Winds may gust as high as 35 miles-per-hour, but with temperatures above 50 degrees, there won’t be much of a wind chill to speak of.

The second and third days of the year will feature lighter winds and some sunshine, with Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon being the sunnier time periods each day and some clouds in between. That will be due to a disturbance duo, one to our south and one to our north, that will both clip on by Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Besides the extra clouds, a few snow showers or flurries are possible overnight Wednesday night but no significant impact is expected.

A more sizable opportunity for some rain will arrive late in the week, especially Friday night and Saturday, as a stronger and more moisture-rich low pressure heads in our direction. With no significant source of cold air around, it looks like mainly rain for most of us, although a little snow could mix in towards the end of the event in the Poconos. Even in the wake of that storm, no bona fide blasts of cold air look to be in our future through the first seven to ten days of 2019 which should remain free of any significant snow or arctic cold.

Have a happy and healthy start to the new year!

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