Forecast: Unsettled weather approaching by midweek

Above, the NAM model showing mixed precipitation affecting the area Wednesday morning. Mainly rain is expected near the coast, with a period of snow or sleet possible in the interior suburbs.

Above, the NAM model showing mixed precipitation affecting the area Wednesday morning. Mainly rain is expected near the coast, with a period of snow or sleet possible in the interior suburbs.

Pleasant weather has not come easy lately, thanks to a very active weather pattern which has settled into the area this month. Much of the same will be true this week, with Monday and Tuesday averaging out to be “pleasant”, but the forecast taking a downward turn by Tuesday evening into Wednesday. A storm system approaching from the Central United States will drive precipitation from the Mid Atlantic states into the Northeast US, bringing a moderate rainfall event to much of the coast as well as the potential for some wintry precipitation across the interior.

Forecast models are continuing to struggle with handling the cold air in place as the storm approaches — so the forecast remains uncertain across the interior, where a colder outcome could mean a prolonged period of snow, sleet or freezing rain. In the city and near the coast, any frozen precipitation should quickly flip to rain. Temperatures will warm up even behind the precipitation on Wednesday, as the cold front drifts just to our west. Highs could approach the middle to upper 50’s across Central NJ Wednesday afternoon before dropping rapidly behind the front.

Colder air is expected to filter back into the area by the end of the week, with a large upper level trough keeping colder air around through the weekend and possibly lingering thereafter. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for up to the minute updates on the area’s weather!

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