Monday, January 30, 2012

Stepping Down, Then Stepping Back Up

Last night's front shot through with wind gusts to 40 miles per hour at Philly's Airport, bringing a quick thump of snow showers for a few locations in the western suburbs and in the city as its moved through.  Despite the gusty winds, temperatures didn't drop much in the wake of the front and as of 4 AM are in the 30's across the region.

Today is shaping up as a breezy day with sunshine to start for most places, exception being the Poconos thanks to lake effect clouds.   However, warmer air will try to nudge back in aloft later on today so clouds will increase across the region this afternoon.  It will be blustery at times with west winds generally in the 10 to 16 miles per hour range through the day, with higher gusts this morning with lingering wind energy still around.

Despite the front and the wind, high temperatures won't be too terrible today.  We're projecting 42 in the city, around 40 north of the city, and lower and middle 40's south.   Today would mark another minor step down before we take a step back up in the temperature department on Tuesday as warmer air returns at the surface and aloft.  Temperatures should get safely into the middle 50's tomorrow across much of the region, with a run at 60 on Wednesday looking pretty likely.