WEDNESDAY JANUARY 3, 2018 6:09 A.M.
Our area has mostly clear skies early on this Wednesday morning and once again it is very cold with temperatures ranging from around 10 in the Clifton area down to near zero further inland, Walpack is at -5. Winds are mainly calm.
High pressure moving offshore will give us a mostly sunny day, temperatures will not be as frigid with highs approaching the balmy 30 degree mark,
A storm off the coast of Florida will rapidly develop and come up the coast on Thursday, the latest models have shifted west with the track which would mean about 4 inches of snow for our area, less inland and more along the coast. However one of the latest short range models has more of a shift westward with heavy snow of a foot or more over the entire area. Along with the snow winds will be strong causing blowing and drifting of the snow. The snow should start before daybreak tomorrow and taper off in the evening.
Following the storm it will become extremely cold and windy Thursday night extending into Sunday morning, daytime highs will struggle to reach 10 degrees and overnight lows will be close to zero, wind chills will be well below zero.
Finally some moderation in the cold Monday and Tuesday, temperatures may reach the 40 degree mark both days, however there will be a good chance of rain possibly starting off as snow Monday morning.
TODAY – JAN 3 – Sunny, high near 30.
TONIGHT – Increasing cloudiness with snow likely after midnight, low around 20.
THURSDAY – JAN 4 – Snow and becoming windy, high in the upper 20s, accumulations around 4 inches.
FRIDAY – JAN 5 – Mostly sunny and frigid, high only in the low teens.
SATURDAY – JAN 6 – Mostly sunny and frigid, high only around 10.
SUNDAY – JAN 7 – Mostly sunny, high near 20.
MONDAY – JAN 8 – Mostly cloudy and milder with a chance of rain or snow, high near 40.
TUESDAY – JAN 9 – Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or snow, high in the low 40s.
MARINE FORECAST: TODAY – West wind to 9 knots, seas 1 foot.
OUTLOOK – A gale warning has been issued effective from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. Saturday morning; small craft advisories likely extending into Saturday night; no advisories expected on Sunday.
CLIFTON CLIMATE SUMMARY:
December 2017 averaged around 2.5 degrees below normal; precipitation was below normal with only 2.04″ falling, however snowfall was above normal with 10.3″ accumulating, the heaviest snow was on the 9th when 4.5″ fell……….. The highest temperature of the month was 60 degrees in the 5th, the lowest was 6 degrees recorded on New Year’s Eve.
The year 2017 averaged well above normal in temperatures and slightly below in precipitation.. Highest temperature was 97 recorded on June 13th with the lowest was the 6 degrees on New Year’s Eve. The highest rainfall amount was 4.15″ recorded on October 29-30th, the heaviest snow was on March 14th when 10 inches fell.
Have a nice day!