Some rain for Election Day in NJ, snowflakes possible later
Cold air is abundant in the Garden State's weather forecast, with a big cooldown coming by the weekend.
Here are your weather headlines for Tuesday, November 7, 2017...
Election Day: From Wet to White
Our wild week of weather continues, and you're going to find quite a few nasty 4-letter words in the forecast. Rain. Snow. Cold.
It's a chilly start to your Tuesday morning, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. As a storm system moves in late Tuesday morning, our Election Day will turn wet. Look for showers from 10 a.m. through the afternoon. A period of steadier, heavier rain is modeled for Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, it will be breezy and cool, with high temperatures only in the lower 50s. (November 7 normals are 58 to 60 degrees.)
And then, as thermometers drop after sunset, our first snowflakes of the season will make an appearance. Snow should be limited to North Jersey — especially north of Interstate 80, with maybe a few flakes down to Interstate 78. I do not anticipate accumulations being an issue, as the ground will be quite wet and warm. Just a taste of winter flying around this evening.
All showers should taper and exit by Midnight at the latest. Skies will clear rapidly, contributing to chilly low temperatures in the 30s.
Quiet, but Cool
While there could be an isolated popup shower on Wednesday, the day looks quieter and marginally more pleasant than Tuesday. Expect partly sunny skies, light winds, and persistent cool temperatures again in the lower 50s.
Just about everywhere in the state (away from the ocean) should frost or freeze Wednesday night, with lows between 27 and 37 degrees.
I think it's safe to call Thursday the nicest day of the week. Mostly sunny skies will help high temperatures into the almost-seasonable mid 50s. Winds will remain light, although the cool temps mean you'll probably need a jacket all day.
And then the bottom drops out! I'm literally having trouble wrapping around just how cold Friday and Saturday will be. 15 degrees below normal, and record-low high-temperatures will be in jeopardy. Winter coat? Oh yeah.
Even though we'll have plenty of sunshine overhead, the mercury will only rise to about 40 degrees Friday afternoon. That's it! Combine a brisk wind, sustained to 20 mph and gusting to 30 mph, and it's going to feel quite blustery. Wind chill ("feels like") temperatures will probably get stuck in the 20s all day. I would even call that cold in the middle of winter!
Saturday's temperature numbers look similar, topping out on either side of 40 degrees. Winds will be much lighter on Saturday — that's good news. And at least we'll get more sunshine to cut through the chill.