Monday, April 23, 2012

Forecast for April 24th, 2012

After a well needed soaking rain, showers will persist throughout the week as a series of stubborn disturbances moves through, clearing out by mid week.  Yesterday, Philadelphia received 1.87 inches of rain.  However, the area is still about 4 to 4.5 inches of rain below average.  However, we'll still see some more rain over the week.  It could be worse.  Places in Central Pennsylvania have received quite a few inches of snow, yes snow, from this system as it pulled down cold air. 

Tonight, rain showers will taper off from South to North as the Nor'easter retrogrades into Western Pennsylvania and New York.  Places around Wilkes-Barre/Scranton may see some snow showers mixing in as well.  Either way, behind the low, it'll be breezy.  Temperatures will be dropping to around 40 degrees in the city, to the mid-30's north and west.  Skies will be mostly cloudy behind the rain, as well.  Tuesday will be mostly cloudy, with more scattered showers moving through the region.  It will still be cooler, however some locations will see some breaks of sun.  Winds will continue to be gusty, with winds up to 35 mph possible in some places.  Temperatures will struggle to reach the 60-degree mark.  Overnight tomorrow, the showers will start to move out, and skies will turn partly cloudy.

Wednesday 'day' will be partly to mostly cloudy, as most of the area will see some sun to dry out.  However, as we head towards evening, more scattered showers will move in.  Those showers will continue into Thursday morning.  Temperatures both day will be in the mid to upper 60's, with lows in the 40's.  Late Thursday we finally see some clearing.

Friday is the best day of the extended forecast.  Temperatures will be in the lower 60's and under mostly sunny skies.  Saturday, much of the same, except a slight chance of showers late, however Saturday night will not be a washout.  Warmer on Sunday with sun and clouds mixing.  Some models indicate a few showers on Sunday as well, but I've left it out of the forecast until more models come in agreement.