Clouds, showers expected through Tuesday PM

NAM model showing heavy rain impacting the area Tuesday afternoon and evening along a cold front. Clearing is expected behind the front by Wednesday.

NAM model showing heavy rain impacting the area Tuesday afternoon and evening along a cold front. Clearing is expected behind the front by Wednesday.

Ahead of an approaching cold front, clouds and showers are expected to become more numerous throughout the area beginning late this Monday evening. Despite warm temperatures aloft (thanks to a mid and upper level ridge), southeast winds at the surface will keep the air cooler and damp through most of the area ahead of the approaching front. Low clouds and drizzle are a possibility throughout most of Tuesday. However, there is an isolated chance of some peaks of sun by Tuesday afternoon as winds turn more southerly. This usually occurs directly ahead of the front, so it will be short lived. A period of steady rain is likely Tuesday afternoon and evening as the front crosses the area from west to east, beginning in Western New Jersey and eventually making its way through NYC and Long Island.

Behind the front, winds will quickly shift from southeast to northwest with temperatures dropping accordingly. The new colder airmass will settle into the area by Wednesday with highs in the upper 40’s, but cold northwest winds keeping it chilly. The blustery west-northwest winds are expected to stick around through the end of the week — so enjoy the warm air while it’s still here!

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle. Lows in the lower to mid 40’s throughout most of the area, a bit warmer near the coast. Southeast winds 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. Highs in the mid to upper 50’s. Southeast winds turning southerly around 20 miles per hour.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy with rain likely early, then clearing. Lows in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s.  Southerly winds turning west-northwest around 20 miles per hour.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers. Cooler, with a high in the upper 40’s. Blustery northwest winds around 20 miles per hour.

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