Thursday, January 26, 2012

Slow & Steady Climb Towards Rain & Warmth

We're going to get a decent rain event out of the upcoming storm system, with the potential for an inch of rain in some locations by the time this storm system finishes its work in our region tomorrow midday.   The first fingers of the storm system are in the region at this early hour -- showers are falling in some locations to our north, whether in the form of rain, sleet, snow, or some combination of the three.  However, precipitation is light and no advisories are out since the precipitation really isn't a huge issue nor expected to be an issue as many surface temperatures are near or just above freezing.

Temperatures are starting in the 30's across the region and will slowly climb through the day today -- generally to the middle 40's by dinner from the Philly suburbs on south, with upper 40's at the Shore and lower 40's in the Lehigh Valley.  Those will likely not be the highs of the day as temperatures will continue to climb through the evening hours and into Friday morning, where we could be approaching 60 degrees south and east of the city by early Friday morning as warmth pushes up the East Coast ahead of this next cold front.  In the city, we're looking at 45 or so as the daytime high.

Showers will return later on this afternoon as the main brunt of the system pushes in from the west and southwest, with a steadier rain becoming likely towards dinner or in the evening hours.  Rain will be occasional, steady at times, and some spots will pick up an inch of rain before this event is done tomorrow midday.  No flooding issues are likely but some of the usual suspect spots could see some localized ponding of water early tomorrow morning.   Along with the rains will be increasing wind from the southeast and south later tonight, with breezes that could gust over 20 miles per hour inland, approaching 30 at the Shore.