The weather for the upcoming holiday weekend will be very similar as yesterday with plenty of sunshine, breezy and temperatures near 60 degrees today and Saturday and in the low to mid 60s on Easter.. Nights will be chilly with lows in the 30s..
Next week’s forecast is for more clouds and chance of showers, highs on Monday will be near 60 degrees but most of the week the highs will not get out of the 50s..
Today is the 30th anniversary of the April blizzard in 1982. This is what I wrote in my daily summary for that date. :
HIGH 37 AT 0001HRS LOW 18 AT 2200HRS.
FIRST APRIL BLIZZARD EVER HIT OUR AREA WITH 12″ OF SNOW WHICH WAS THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL SINCE 1979 AND FIRST ACCUMULATING APRIL SNOW SINCE 1974.. IN CENTRAL PARK THE SNOWFALL WAS .6″ SHORT OF THE HEAVIEST APRIL SNOW EVER. LOW PRESSURE IN THE MIDWEST MOVED TO PENNSYLVANIA AS A SECONDARY FORMS OFF THE MARYLAND COAST AND MOVES NORTHEAST WHILE INTENSIFYING. SNOW DEVELOPING AROUND 0200HRS BECOMING HEAVY AT TIMES TAPERING OFF AROUND 1500 AND ENDING BY 1700. FIRST TIME I EVER REMEMBER SCHOOLS CLOSED IN APRIL AND THE FIRST TIME IN MY MEMORY THE YANKEES GETTING SNOWED OUT. THERE WERE ALSO CLASPS OF THUNDER ONCE AROUND 0700 AND AGAIN AROUND 1000.. VERY STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS IN COMBINATION WITH SNOW CAUSED LOW VISIBILITIES AND SNOW DRIFTS. NEWARK AIRPORT WIND GUST TO 55MPH. RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES AT NIGHT WITH DRIFTING SNOW. 21 DEGREES IN CENTRAL PARK RECORD LOW FOR THE DATE AND IT WAS THE COLDEST READING SO LATE IN THE SEASON. 18 DEGREES HERE WAS 6 DEGREES COLDER THAN ANY APRIL TEMPERATURE SINCE MY RECORDS BEGAN. WIND CHILL ABOUT -20 DEGREES. THIS UNUSUAL APRIL WEATHER FOLLOWS TWO BORING MONTHS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH, HARD TO BELIEVE THIS BLIZZARD CAN OCCUR SO LATE IN THE SEASON..