Hope you had a great Christmas! I enjoyed some time off but am back in the hot seat today. Last night’s cold front brought gusty showers to the Valley; here are some local rainfall totals:
Before the front rolled through we TIED the record high for December 26 of 64 degrees.
That front is now well east and today will be a much more typical late December day. Temperatures will hold nearly steady in the 30s. Although there was some sunshine to start, the clouds to our north and west (white-grey color) will take over by lunchtime.
NEXT SNOW CHANCES
Winter weather will make a (fairly brief) comeback late this week. Wednesday will be a tranquil day with some sunshine:
The next arctic front is expected to sweep through early Thursday. This can be accompanied by a band of snow; a coating to an inch or so is possible by mid-morning Thursday.
After a break Thursday afternoon, snow showers and squalls will get going off the lakes Thursday night and Friday. This will result in sizable accumulations in the primary snow belts of Ohio, PA and New York. In our viewing area, I’d expect at least a few inches in many places north of I-80 and especially around and north of Rt 87. South of those locales, local accumulations of an inch to two or three will be possible.
Notice how windy that map looks with the isobars packed together. Temperatures will hold in the 20s Friday and the wind chill should be no higher than the teens.
NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND
Forecast details are a little tough this morning but at this point I am not expecting any MAJOR weather issues for the weekend. The GFS tries to bring in a little wet snow Saturday afternoon (shown) and evening but not sure I buy that.
On January 1 there is a chance for a little precipitation, probably late in the day….more than likely rain, not snow.
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