Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 25th, 2013 Forecast

After the coldest temperatures we've seen in the last two years, we can expect to see a modest amount of snow for Friday.  And while it is winter in the Delaware Valley and these conditions are usually anticipated... the fact is that we have been abnormally above normal in temperatures and generally snow-less over the last two winters.  Nevertheless, this snow isn't a cause to run out and stock up on french toast supplies (eggs, milk and bread), but those people who are traveling tomorrow evening should pay attention to ever-changing road conditions.

This evening still looks dry, but very cold.  Winds that were gusty earlier this afternoon should calm down a bit, but with lows in the upper single digits to mid-teens, any breeze can plunge wind chills below zero.  Winds will be from the northwest at 5 to 15 mph.  Tomorrow will start out partly to mostly cloudy, with the snow building from the southeast in the afternoon and into the evening.  Highs tomorrow in the lower to mid-20's throughout the region.  Thankfully, with the system moving closer to the region, the winds will die down, still remaining out of the northwest.  Snowfall amounts will be light, generally ranging from one to three inches.  The timing is square on the evening rush, so drivers can still expect slick spots and reduced visibilities.  By early Saturday morning, the system will have moved off.

For Saturday, winds will pick back up behind the clipper, under partly sunny skies.  Temperatures Saturday inching towards the freezing mark, but topping it will still elude us for another day.  Sunday looks "warmer" but highs will still remain below normal.  Skies will be mostly sunny and the winds should be less intense, meaning not as biting.  Starting with the next workweek, the temperatures do a complete 180.  Monday, temperatures near 40-degrees, but with overcast skies and scattered showers.  Tuesday, temperatures bump up to near 50-degrees with the chance of afternoon and evening showers.  For Wednesday, temperatures in the upper 50's to near 60-degrees, warm enough to break out the shorts, I'm sure.  Scattered showers will still be around, under mostly cloudy skies.  Temperatures drop back down on Thursday into the mid-40's but should should start to move out by then.