CALM AND COLD: High pressure is taking full control of the area, meaning we stay dry. However, since it is positioned to our north, we’ll remain cold and below average in the temperature department. Skies are mainly sunny after some morning clouds. Highs are in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Tonight, skies are mostly clear, and some clouds filter in toward daybreak. Overnight temperatures fall into the upper teens to lower 20s.
WEEKEND WINTER STORM: Significant snowfall accumulations are on the way for the first half of the weekend. A storm system racing across the country increases clouds quickly on Friday. Light snow arrives around 5 P.M. Friday, and overspreads through about 10 P.M. Heavier snow bands move in through the latter portion of the night, mainly aligning themselves around the turnpike and south to the Maryland border. Snowfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches at times, and strong winds create blowing snow, which will reduce visibility. Heavy, blowing snow continues through much of Saturday, especially along our southern counties that border Maryland. The snow fades and exits Saturday evening, ending completely by about 1 to 3 A.M. Travel will be dangerous through the duration of the storm. The heaviest snow totals are expected in our southern counties, with a very sharp cutoff in totals for the northern half of our region very likely. Sunshine works in through Sunday, and the cold lingers. Expect high temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
NEXT WEEK: The pattern turns much quieter through early next week, but it won’t come without some small winter weather concerns. Monday brings partly cloudy skies, and temperatures begin to moderate. Readings are in the lower to middle 30s. Tuesday a weak system approaches, and could bring a light wintry mix to the region. Highs are in the lower to middle 30s. Wednesday is a quiet day with partly cloudy skies.
Have a great Thursday!