Dynamic storm system will highlight mid-week weather

NAM model showing temperatures rising into the 50's throughout the area Wednesday afternoon, and even 60's in parts of New Jersey.

NAM model showing temperatures rising into the 50’s throughout the area Wednesday afternoon, and even 60’s in parts of New Jersey away from the shores.

A strong storm system over the Central United States will shift northeastward beginning Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday. As it does so, a changing airmass will bring a roller-coaster of weather to a climax in our area. The bone-chilling cold of the past week will become a memory as winds turn southerly on Tuesday evening and temperatures warm up … quite dramatically, in fact. Highs over much of the area away from the coast should reach into the middle 50’s if not higher on Wednesday ahead of an approaching cold front.

That cold front will become a story as well, with the potential for a period of very heavy rain, potentially a rumble of thunder, and strong gusty winds. With the front poised to move through the area late Wednesday evening into the overnight hours of early Thursday, the period of heaviest rain looks to come after rush hour on Wednesday. But showers and clouds should be around for much of the day prior to that, despite the warm temperatures. The Storm Prediction Center suggests the potential for thunder, and an isolated threat of strong winds over Southwestern New Jersey. The greater severe weather threat will remain well to our south and west.

Gusty winds and heavy rain should taper slowly from west to east by early Thursday, with strong westerly winds building on Thursday behind the front. Another cool down will then grip the area by the end of the week, with colder temperatures and highs only into the 40’s..and the strong westerly winds continuing into Friday.