7:00 AM | A cold start and end to the new work week, but with a mild middle

6-Day Philly Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny, quite cold for this time of year, highs near 40 degrees (normal high is now 54 degrees at PHL)

Tonight

Partly cloudy, very cold, lows in the low-to-mid 20’s

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, still quite cold, low-to-mid 40’s

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, cold, near 30 degrees

Wednesday

Increasing clouds, milder, chance for showers late, low 50’s

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, quite mild, showers likely, maybe a thunderstorm, near 60 degrees

Friday

Partly sunny, colder, chance for rain or snow showers late, mid-to-upper 40’s

Saturday

Mainly cloudy, cold, low-to-mid 40’s

Discussion

A cold air mass for this time of year resides this morning in the Northeast US and it is anchored by strong high pressure. That high pressure area will shift off the coast on Tuesday and it’ll turn milder at mid-week. In fact, Thursday appears to be the warmest day of the week, but it also looks like it’ll be wet as well as well as mild. The mid-week warm up won’t last long; however, as another strong cold front will reach the east coast late Thursday and we’ll turn colder again by the end of the work week as this overall colder-than-normal weather pattern continues into April. There will be lots of energy in the upper atmosphere post-cold frontal passage and we'll have to watch for the possibility of a storm to form in the cold air near the east coast later Friday or Saturday.

One final note, here is a small sampling of snowfall totals from last Friday’s event (not necessarily the last one):

DC/Baltimore region: Reagan National Airport trace, BWI Airport 1.1”, Germantown, MD 2.0”, Manassas, VA 1.0”, College Park, MD 1.3”

Philly area: PHL Airport 3.9”, King of Prussia 5.2”, West Chester, PA 5.5”, Exton, PA 5.0”, Chadds Ford, PA 3.9”, Media, PA 6.0”, Perkasie, PA 6.0”

New York City region: Central Park, NY 3.2”, Battery Park, NY 4.5”, LGA Airport, NY 4.6”, Islip, NY 5.3”