The pressure gradient will relax some this evening and therefore I expect a decrease in the wind gusts as the evening progresses. Temperatures should drop through the night under mostly clear skies, despite the blustery conditions. Areas with snow cover will cool very efficiently. The first half of Monday will feature peaks of sunshine.
A cold front will pass through on Tuesday and this will bring the best chance for precipitation during the next seven days. Rain and/or snow showers are possible as early as New Years Eve, followed by some snow flurries later on Tuesday after the front passes through. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Another round of flurries is possible on Wednesday, especially closer to the Delmarva.
The coldest air in several months is going to arrive for Thursday and Friday. The model guidance this season seems to be always too cold for the long range outlook and the models appropriately warm the maximum temperatures as we get days to fall into the near and short term period. We will be watching to see if that happens again here. Our previous post has a more detailed discussion on the colder temperatures we expect later this week and gives some thoughts as to how long they may last.
I want to wish an early Happy 2013 to everyone! Best wishes for the New Year!