Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January 31st, 2013 Forecast

Rain and wind will push through the region tonight with the approaching cold front.  Rain could be briefly heavy at times through tonight, generally right along the cold front boundary itself, and some spots could pick up an inch of rain.  The bigger story over tonight, and continuing through Friday, will be wind.  Winds could gust to 60 mph or higher at the Shore tonight, with wind gusts to 50 mph tonight in the city out ahead of the frontal boundary itself.  Those winds will keep us mild through the evening as temperatures flirt with 60 through midnight before dropping off as the front pushes through.  By morning, we should all be in the 40's with some spots towards Allentown, Reading, and Harrisburg in the 30's.  The front should push through after Midnight and off the coast by 5 AM.

Thursday is shaping up as a windy, blustery day.  Temperatures will continue to drop until mid morning before leveling off in the 30's northwest and 40's in Philly and south.  We could see a brief nudge higher in temperatures around midday thanks to sunshine but then as colder air continues to push in we will see temperatures resume a cooler nudge towards sunset.  Winds will generally be from the west at 15-30 mph sustained, gusting to 40 mph if not higher.  There could be flurries in the Poconos but we should generally be flurry free in the city.

A reinforcing wave of cold energy will push east late Thursday night and early Friday, spreading light snow showers and flurries across parts of the region.  As of now, the best chances for any flurry and snow shower activity are to the city's south and some spots could pick up an inch of accumulation.  We'll keep an eye on this and have a more thorough post about the chance of snow tomorrow.