7:00 AM | Heavy rain tonight as powerful front plows through the region; strong winds and colder conditions follow for Friday PM through Saturday

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly cloudy, chilly, showers possible late in the day, upper 40’s

Tonight

Periods of rain, some of it can be heavy after midnight and there can be a rumble or two of thunder, gusty winds, low 40’s

Friday

Mostly cloudy, windy, rain ends early, snow showers possible late, temperatures drop from morning highs in the low-to-mid 40’s

Friday Night

Windy, cold, snow showers possible, upper 20’s

Saturday

Windy, cold, partial sun, a couple of snow showers possible, near 40

Sunday

Breezy, cold, partial sun, upper 30’s

Monday

Mainly sunny, cold, upper 30’s; some light snow or a mix possible at night

Tuesday

Some light snow or a mix possible early; otherwise; partly sunny skies, cold, upper 30’s

Discussion

A blizzard rages on this morning in the Upper Midwest and, when all is said and done, there will be more than a foot of snow on the ground in portions of Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan. Also, winds will reach 50 mph in this region causing extensive blowing and drifting of snow later today and tonight. That same powerful storm system will sweep a strong cold front through the I-95 corridor late tonight and early Friday. Heavy rain will accompany this front in the wee hours of the morning and there can be a rumble or two of thunder. Winds will also get quite gusty as the front heads through the region in the overnight hours. On Friday, temperatures will drop during the day as colder air rushes into the Mid-Atlantic on strong west-to-northwest winds and there can even be some snow shower activity late in the day or at night. Saturday will see a continuation of strong winds, cold conditions, and possibly a couple more snow showers. In the higher elevations to our north and west (e.g., western and northern PA), a significant “lake-effect” snow event will bring numerous snow showers and some accumulating snow to the mountains.

Looking ahead to next week, the very active pattern continues. There is an increasing threat for a low pressure area to affect the region from Christmas Eve into early Christmas Day (Monday night/early Tuesday) with some light snow or a mixed bag of precipitation. There will quite likely be a much stronger system that follows around the middle part of next week and that could bring snow or rain to the region. That second system next week is likely to feature one low pressure heading towards the Ohio Valley, but then a secondary development may occur near the Mid-Atlantic coast. Stay tuned, a lot going on.

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