TODAY: Not as cold with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High: 45

TONIGHT: Some cloudiness; a bit of rain or drizzle south and east. Low: 26

FRIDAY: Becoming milder with sunshine and a few clouds. High: 50 Low: 25

 

 

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An arctic air mass has been flexing its muscles across the region the last couple days leading to record cold and temperatures more reminiscent of late December or January. Wednesday featured several record low temperatures in the teens, and afternoon high temperatures only reached the mid 30s which set record cold highs for the day in several locations. Allentown had a record cold high temperature at 35 degrees beating the original record cold high of 36 degrees set back in 1995, Mount Pocono had a record cold high of 23 degrees beating the original record cold high of 26 degrees set back in 1942, Philadelphia was tied for the record cold high of 35 degrees originally set back in 1911, and finally Trenton had a new record cold high of 35 degrees beating the original record cold high of 36 degrees set back in 1986.

High pressure moved overhead last night allowing winds to really lighten up while some mid and high clouds moved in from the west thanks to a weak clipper system and upper level trough moving into the Great Lakes. Thanks a bit more cloud cover last night, low temperatures did not get as cold as the previous night, with many only dropping into the low and mid 20s (teens in the Poconos and northwestern New Jersey). This is still cold enough considering normal lows for this time of the year should be in the low to mid 30s, but no record low temperatures were set this go around (Trenton did tie the record low of 20 degrees set back in 1905). High pressure will move off the coast for today allowing our wind direction to become more southerly. This southerly component will aid in making our afternoon a little warmer compared to Tuesday and Wednesday, but we’re still only talking highs in the mid 40s, which is still about 10 degrees below normal for this time of the year. An upper level trough swinging through will provide the region with more cloud cover compared to Wednesday, but by-in-large it will be a dry day with just a very low chance for a flurry in far northern areas. Winds will also be lighter compared to Wednesday.

A small area of moisture trying to work up the Eastern Seaboard tonight may bring a brief shower or a period of some light rain or drizzle to parts of southern New Jersey and the Delmarva, but this moisture likely won’t make it any further north and west from there. Many will actually see skies turn mostly clear, but those areas well south and east that are closer to the sliver of moisture trying to work up the Eastern Seaboard will likely see more in the way of clouds. Overnight low temperatures should drop into the mid 20s. Friday will turn out mostly sunny again with temperatures continuing to climb. A southwesterly wind component will help push afternoon highs back closer to seasonable levels around 50 degrees.

A dry cold front moving through Friday night into Saturday will deliver another shot of colder air for the weekend, but this time it will be a glancing blow as the core of the cold remains to our north over Upstate New York and New England. Canadian high pressure will build by to our north over the weekend. Expect mostly sunny skies on Saturday, but high temperatures dip back into the upper 30s with that grazing shot of cold. Clouds increase on Sunday as a low pressure rides up the East Coast into early next week, but likely remains far enough east and off the coast to keep most of the rain to our east as well. Shore points will have a better chance of a little rain later Sunday into Monday with rain chances decreasing the farther inland you travel.

Temperatures for most of next week look to return to seasonably cool levels, with highs mostly in the low 50s starting Tuesday as we get a break from the repetitive early season cold shots of late. We may see a shower or two moving into the middle of next week as an upper level trough swings through the area, but other than that, there should be plenty of dry times with a mix of sun and clouds.

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