Forecast: Cooler air, more sun through Friday

NAM Model showing a sharp gradient in temperatures at the 850mb level across the Northeast on Tuesday evening. Notice the much colder air moving towards the region from the west.

NAM Model showing a sharp gradient in temperatures at the 850mb level across the Northeast on Tuesday evening. Notice the much colder air moving towards the region from the west.

A cold front, which crossed the area Tuesday Night, will begin to usher in a much cooler and drier airmass by Wednesday morning. The warm air which was present in the area essentially from Sunday through Tuesday has been kicked off to the east, and west-northwesterly winds are bringing in much cooler air both aloft and at the surface. Although high temperatures will still reach the upper 40’s on Wednesday with full sunshine, another shot of cold air is expected by late afternoon with a chance of scattered showers. Things will feel much cooler especially by Wednesday Night — and if you’re looking for warmth we have bad news, it looks like the cold pattern is here to stay through the end of March.

The weather is expected to remain relatively fair through Friday with Thursday being the coldest day of the remaining three this week (highs only near 40 and blustery northwest winds). A storm system (another front with a shot of cold air) approaches by this weekend. Although precipitation is expected to be mainly rain with this system (Saturday), the airmass which is brings in by the weekend will be plenty cold for frozen precipitation as we move forward into next week. Although there are no specific events on our long range radar, the potential is certainly higher than usual for a late-March snow event. We’re keeping a close eye on it. Until then, here’s your forecast to close out the week.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a chance of showers after noon. High near 50. West winds around 10 miles per hour.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Breezy, cooler, with a low around 30. West Winds 10 to 20 miles per hour.

Thursday: Sunny and cool with a high near 40. Northwest winds 15 to 20 miles per hour.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high in the mid 40’s. West winds around 10 miles per hour.

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