Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Slight Improvement

It's a cool morning across the region...thankfully, not as wet as the past couple of mornings as some breaks in the clouds have developed overhead last night.  The low pressure center responsible for our less-than-ideal late April weather is now up in Canada and will continue to push northeast, loosening its grip on our weather.   It doesn't mean all sunshine and lollipops...or the return of normalcy...but it does mean an improved day of weather ahead with more sunshine, somewhat milder temperatures, and a bit closer to reality.

That sunshine will be somewhat self-destructive as the area is still under the influence of an upper level trough...the colder air aloft will react poorly to the bit of extra sunshine that's out and about, resulting in some showers popping up around this afternoon.  The best chances for showers are north of the PA Turnpike and I-195 in New Jersey and, at worst, should be scattered around.   The strongest of showers *could* be mixed with a bit of graupel (small sleet/hail like hybrid) this afternoon...and the best chances for that would be over the Poconos and Lehigh Valley.   Otherwise, a mix of sun and clouds will be the norm through the day...more sun south than north...with breezy conditions for all.

Highs today range from the upper 50's northwest to the lower 60's southeast.  Philly should get to around 60 for a high this afternoon, a marked improvement from yesterday.  However, west and southwest breezes at 10 to 16 miles per hour will keep just a touch of cool in the air.  Not the best of days but certainly an improvement from yesterday.