Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gray Day For The Sweetheart

Cloudy skies dominate the region this morning -- with temperatures that are milder than they have been the past couple of mornings, generally in the mid 30's in the city, lower 30's in the suburbs.  A weak disturbance will track through the state today and throw some showers, sprinkles, or flurries across the landscape after 2 PM.  This system will be on a weakening trend in general as a zonal flow in the atmosphere is contributing some wind shear aloft.  This means that some locations south and east of the city might not even get a sprinkle out of today as the system's best moisture "support" will also be northwest.

The best chances for any flurries or flakes floating around will occur generally northwest of Route 222 although it wouldn't surprise if the hills in Chester County or Bucks County "cash in" on a few rogue flakes mixing in with sprinkles as well.   Despite high temperatures projected to be in the middle 40's for the region, dew point values in the lower 20's this morning (and projected to be in the 20-25 range until this afternoon) will help provide for some evapoartive cooling once these showers reach the area...and will result in some spots seeing flakes, others merely just warm enough to avoid it.  

Any one location who does get flaked upon won't see much if anything of substance...it will add merely some "photographic win" to the landscape.

As stated, expect highs in the middle 40's for many locations, with some upper 40's in South Jersey and Delaware.  Light southerly winds will nudge at around five miles per hour, a welcome respite from the past couple of days of wind.