It appears our snow drought might soon be coming to an end. Before we receive any significant snow, our dry stretch of weather will continue. There is one exception to the dry weather – the immediate coastline. Ocean effect flakes will be possible through early Monday morning.
Skies will be sunny away from the coast through the day on Thursday. Temperatures will slowly rebound as well. Highs by Wednesday may reach the upper 30s and low 40s. Don’t get used to this thaw, though, because the cold will be making a return by the end of the week.
The first of two cold fronts will move through Wednesday night. Temperatures will cool to the upper 20s and low 30s by Thursday. This first front will move through without any precipitation. Another front will move through Friday into Saturday. Both of those days will be seasonable as temperatures reach the mid 30s. A light wintry mix or rain is possible Friday into early Saturday.
So far this winter, our cold has not coincided with any storm systems, but it appears that’s about to change. The secondary cold front will drop the temperatures into the upper 20s and low 30s by Saturday evening. Shortly after that cold front moves through, a coast storm will develop off of North Carolina.
Some of the models take the storm west, which would produce rain along the coast and significant snow inland; other forecast models are showing (consistently) a significant snow for all of the major cities in the northeast.
Right now, we are watching the Saturday night through Monday timeframe. Heavy precipitation, strong winds and coastal flooding are all possible with this storm system.
Once that coastal storm exits, we are expecting sunny, dry weather to return after Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Stay tuned!