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Brief warmup ahead of late week cold front

After a cold start to the week, with snowflakes flying in New York City and light accumulations across the interior and higher elevations, temperatures will finally rebound during the middle to latter part of this upcoming week. High temperatures on Wednesday will reach into the 50’s, which will feel especially warm after the aforementioned early week weather. As a mid level ridge builds over the Northeast US from Wednesday Night into Thursday, temperatures will be given an additional boost — and may reach over 60 F for highs on Thursday afternoon.

Southerly winds will be the main culprit in bringing the warm air into our area, and so the usual concern will arise: Temperatures won’t be nearly as warm near the coast and on Long Island as they will be from New York City Westward. Yet, the air will be more moist and humid — so it will certainly feel like Spring regardless of where you are.

GFS model showing high temperatures in the 60's on Friday with showers and thunderstorms near the area.

GFS model showing high temperatures in the 60’s on Friday with showers and thunderstorms near the area.

By Friday temperatures will surge into the 60’s once again, but this time with much more cloud cover and showers. Thunderstorms can’t be ruled out during the afternoon and evening hours as a cold frontal boundary and associated atmospheric energy approaches the area. While not a washout by any means, Thursday will certainly be the winner of the two days.

As the weekend approaches, temperatures will cool down once again. Highs will be stuck near 50 as mid level temperatures dramatically cool with the exit of the mid level ridge and return of troughiness.