Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Coldest Day Of 2012 (And Winter!) So Far

Snark alert...today's high temperatures will likely be the lowest we've seen in 2012 so far.   Considering yesterday's midnight high of 49 and Sunday's high of 54 are a good 15 and 20 degrees warmer than what we'll see today, it's a pretty silly but accurate statement.  It's also going to be the coldest daytime high of winter so far as well as our daytime highs will likely only get just above freezing at the Airport, with many locations not even cracking 30 as a reinforcing shot of Nunavut chill is pushing into the region this morning.

Temperatures are starting out in the upper 20's and around 30 at the very early hour of this post and will move little through the morning hours, even falling this afternoon slightly as gusty northwest winds at 15-25 mph help drive wind chills into the teens and low 20's locally during the "warmest" portions of the day, probably into the single digits to our north as we work into the evening hours.   Skies will feature a mix of sun and clouds through the day, with clouds increasing in coverage this afternoon thanks to the lake effect machine firing up and with an upper disturbance moving past to our north.  The combination of those two factors will fire up flurries that could move through nearly any location, with snow showers possible farther north and west of the city.   The wind and the reinforced chill will set up the coldest night of the winter season so far in the region as lows will crash into the teens for many, with single digits in the Poconos.