7:00 AM | Heavy rain ends this morning as front plows through the region; strong winds remain after the rain pulls away

6-Day Forecast

Today

Rain this morning then remaining mostly cloudy this afternoon with another shower or two possible, winds could gust to 50 mph and temperatures will peak in the morning hours in the mid 50’s, but will slowly drop this afternoon

Tonight

Windy, cold, snow showers possible, lows near 35 degrees

Saturday

Windy, cold, partial sun, maybe a few snow showers, low 40’s

Saturday Night

Windy, cold, partly cloudy, low 30’s

Sunday

Breezy, cold, mostly sunny, near 40

Monday

Sun early, clouds late; chance for some light snow or a mix possible at night, upper 30’s

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

Becoming cloudy, snow or rain possible by night, cold, near 40

Discussion

A strong cold front whipped through the region earlier today, on this the first day of winter, and we may look back on this as quite a game changer for the atmosphere. This front has ushered in colder air and it looks like the colder air will stick around so that on average the rest of December may be colder-than-normal. Winds may slacken off some later this morning, but they will intensify later this afternoon and those strong winds will continue through tomorrow. A significant "lake-effect" snow event will take place downwind of the eastern Great Lakes over the next 48 hours and we could see some snow shower activity here in the NYC metro region later today, tonight and Saturday.

Looking ahead to next week, there are increasing signs that a pair of systems may affect the Mid-Atlantic region. The first one has a chance at producing a white Christmas in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, but its a little too early to say exactly how far north its precipitation field will come late Monday into early Tuesday. Also, temperatures will be borderline so while snow is quite possible, a wintry mix cannot be ruled out. A second and stronger storm will affect the region late Wednesday into Thursday and that system will likely feature substantial snow and/or rain. Stay tuned.

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