Forget the fiscal cliff...our temps just jumped off the meteorological cliff. Yowza---when you factor in the wind chill this morning, it feels nearly 40 degrees colder right now compared to yesterday at this time (5am).
The good thing about all the new-found cold air is the fact that it is dry so you have sunshine for the day. Despite all that sunshine, temps will crawl to 40 by afternoon. A fiesty northwest wind this morning will fade by afternoon--all in all, a nice early winter day. Skies remain mostly clear this evening before more clouds arrive after midnight. Evening temps into the 20s.
Friday offers more seasonable temps with afternoon highs reaching the mid & upper 40s. The reason for the milder day is our next storm approaching as it will push slightly warmer air into New England. This storm will also push clouds into our skies throughout the day and eventually some rain showers late in the day.
The weekend....everybody works for it and hopes for sunshine too. Outta luck here kids as a slow moving storm lolly-gags through the northeast both weekend days. That means each day offers clouds and a few showers each day---Saturday's chance of rain is a little higher than Sunday's (70% versus 40%). Sorry snow-lovers, no cold air for this weekend storm so just raindrops...no snowflakes. Hang in there.
Indeed it appears winter is off to a fast start and this week looks mighty wintry. The first of 3 winter storms is upon us right now with patches of snow, sleet, freezing rain & plain old rain. It's not a blockbuster event but the early morning timing will certainly give you a case of the Mondays. As we step into the afternoon, look for pockets of drizzle along the coast and farther inland that drizzle will cling & freeze to untreated surfaces. Chilly & raw for much of the day with temps between 30-40.
Watch any football today? Winter weather was certainly the story across the country and for numerous games in the NFL. The snow in Philly added up to 6-12" for a wide swatch southern Jersey, southeastern PA and Delaware. That's the same system moving our way, but for us, we'll escape the wrath of the heaviest precipitation as just a bit of snow and ice move in.
Cold weather is locked into New England for now as clouds increase and thicken through the afternoon as highs top off in the lower to middle 30s. Tailgating at Gillette is in the lower 30s with just a light breeze.
A little cool, but it wasn't a bad start to this first full weekend in December. Certainly good enough to pick out that Christmas tree or get some holiday shopping done. The cold air in place now, holds overnight and into Sunday, providing a cool, but dry 2nd half of the weekend.