Friday, January 13, 2012

Hey...Winter's Sorta Back!

Winter's "grip" hasn't been much this winter but for a few days at least some sort of "typical" winter weather will return to the East Coast.  That reality is being marked by a cold front marching east this morning, bringing a gusty line of showers along with it as it zips through.  Radar and temperature overlay from the 4 AM hour are above, showing you the warmest part of the day around here as temperatures will slowly slip through the day from our near 50 degree readings in the pre-dawn hours.  To give you an idea of the chill behind this front...it's 22 at 4 AM in Pittsburgh while it's 50 in Philly.  By dinner tonight, we should be in the 30's locally, with wind chills in the 20's thanks to a gusty west wind at 20-30 mph that will drive wind chills in the lower half of the 20's, if not the upper teens up to our north.

Wind advisories are out for those gusty winds, which could reach 40-45 mph at times today.

In terms of precipitation, any lingering showers from the cold front should exit stage right by 7 AM locally but will linger around a bit longer to the north.  As colder air filters in from the west and northwest, those showers could end as flurries or a period of snow showers in the Poconos and upper edges of the Lehigh Valley.  Flurries are possible north/west of the city later on today thanks to residual lake effect snow bands but those should be nuisance in nature.