Friday, December 30, 2011

December 31st, 2011 Forecast

2011 ends on a mild note (just like it started upon) as a weak disturbance pushes by to our north tonight and early tomorrow.   A cold shot lurks for the region starting on Monday but the weekend will not be impacted by'll just be "impacted" by mild weather.

Tonight's disturbance passes through the region after 10 PM, bringing showers that could linger into Saturday morning.  Because the disturbance responsible for this system is passing north of us and is moving a bit slower, temperatures will be too mild for snow through the region.  There won't be much precipitation but a few showers are definitely possible as the system passes through.   Expect lows tonight ranging from the mid 30's north to the lower 40's in Philly and points south.

Whatever shower activity falls overnight and early on Saturday morning will exist stage right by mid morning, leaving a mix of clouds and sun and a modest breeze during the afternoon.  Temperatures will bounce back up into the 50's through the region, with Philly reaching 54 in the afternoon hours.  West to northwest breezes at 10-15 mph could gust over 20 mph at times.

The mild note continues into 2012 as highs on Sunday will also reach the mid 50's in advance of the sharper cold front.  This front will cross the region around Midnight on Sunday night, with blustery conditions on Monday as the cold trough moves in from Canada.