7:00 AM | Lots of clouds next couple of days with occasional showers; still potential for east coast tropical storminess early next week

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy, warm, occasional showers likely, near 70 degrees for highs

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, mild, still the chance for showers, upper 50’s

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, showers still possible, mid 60’s

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, mild, upper 50’s

Thursday

Partly sunny, pleasant, mid-to-upper 60’s

Friday

Partly sunny, warm, low 70’s

Saturday

Partly sunny, warm, maybe a shower late, near 70

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, cooler, showers possible, mid 60’s

Discussion

High pressure continues to dominate the overall weather scene; however, as warmer air tries to advance into our region thick clouds have formed along with a band of showers. A shower threat will continue here right into Wednesday, but much of the time will be rain-free. Generally nice weather will then continue here for the remainder of the week, but the outlook for early next week is still in question.

The potential continues to exist for a big east coast weather event early next week in the Mid-Atlantic and/or Northeast US that could, in the worst case scenario, involve hurricane-force winds, torrential rains along low-lying sections and inland higher elevation snows (as per European, Canadian and Japanese models). The best case scenario is that this newly named tropical storm, Sandy, will go harmlessly out to sea over the weekend (as per US models) and will not phase with the deep upper level headed for the east coast. Stay tuned, it may take several more days to have high confidence in this forecast as the deep upper level trough of low pressure is still off the west coast of the US.

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