MONDAY JANUARY 1, 2018 6:03 A.M.
Happy New Year!
Skies are mostly clear early on this New Year’s Day and temperatures have fallen to 4 degrees in Clifton which is a record low for the date. Some readings inland have fallen below zero with the lowest reading a chilly -13 in Walpack. Winds are out of the northwest averaging 5-10 mph.
Despite plenty of sunshine today it will remain bitterly cold and although high temperatures will be a couple of degrees milder than yesterday, the mercury will have a hard time reaching the 20 degree mark.
After another very cold night tonight, afternoon temperatures on Tuesday will be a little higher than today but still be below freezing.
The “warmest” day of the week looks to be on Wednesday when temperatures may climb to near freezing.
A storm is expected to develop offshore Wednesday night into Thursday. At the present time the storm is still expected to remain well enough offshore to give our area any heavy snow but this system still has to be watched in case it comes closer to the coast.
After the storm passes to our north it will help bring down even colder air Friday through next weekend, overnight lows will be near zero with daytime highs only in the low teens.
TODAY – JAN 1 – Sunny, high near 20.
TONIGHT – Mostly clear, low around 10.
TUESDAY – JAN 2 – Sunny, high in the mid 20s.
WEDNESDAY – JAN 3 – Mostly sunny, high near 30, chance of snow after midnight.
THURSDAY – JAN 4 – Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow, high in the upper 20s.
FRIDAY – JAN 5 – Mostly sunny, windy and bitterly cold, high in the low teens.
SATURDAY – JAN 6 – Sunny and bitterly cold, high in the low teens.
SUNDAY – JAN 7 – Mostly sunny and not quite as frigid, high near 20.
MARINE FORECAST: A small craft advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for northwest winds gusting to 30 knots, seas 3-5 feet, heavy frozen spray likely.
OUTLOOK – No advisories expected Tuesday night into the day on Wednesday; small craft advisories expected Wednesday night; Gales likely Thursday and Friday.
I hope everyone has a safe, healthy and happy New Year!