Skies are partly cloudy early on this Monday morning and temperatures are colder than they have been ranging from the upper 30s here in Clifton to the low 30s in the colder inland areas, winds are gusty out of the north. These temperatures are still nearly ten degrees above normal. Yesterday the temperature fell short of the record as the high in Clifton only reached 59 degrees well short of the upper 60s that we forecasted.
Today we will see increasing cloudiness, temperatures will not rise that much only topping off to around 40 degrees and with a brisk wind it will feel a lot colder than what we are used to even though the temperatures is right around normal for this time of year. A storm system will be approaching the area from the southwest with precipitation beginning in our area around 9 p.m. as a mixture of rain, sleet and freezing rain that will change to all rain before daybreak, little or no accumulations are expected in the Clifton area but an inch or two of sleet and snow is possible over Northwest New Jersey, the Poconos and the Hudson Valley.
Rain will mainly end around 4 p.m. on Tuesday with milder temperatures expected.
Wednesday will start off dry but another weaker system will likely give us some more precipitation from late in the afternoon into Thursday, this time it will be warm enough so whatever falls will be in the form of rain.
Dry and seasonably cold weather is expected on New Year’s Day into the weekend.
Although it will be colder than the recent historic December warmth there is no sign of frigid temperatures for at least the next two week.s
TODAY – Increasing cloudiness, high near 40.
TONIGHT – Rain, sleet and freezing rain developing around 9 p.m. changing to rain by daybreak, low in the low 30s.
TUESDAY – Rain mainly falling before 4 p.m., high near 50.
WEDNESDAY – Partly sunny, chance of rain after 2 p.m. high in the low 50s.
THURSDAY – Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, high in the low 50s.
NEW YEAR’S DAY – Partly sunny, high in the mid 40s.
SATURDAY – Mostly sunny, high in the low 40s.
SUNDAY – Mostly sunny, high near 40.
MARINE FORECAST: TODAY – North winds to 18 knots, seas 2-3 feet. Gale warning will be in effect from midnight tonight through 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
OUTLOOK – Small craft advisories likely the rest of Tuesday, no advisories expected Wednesday and Thursday with advisories possible on Friday.
Have a good day!