Skies are clear early on this Thursday morning and temperatures have fallen to 1 degree below zero in Clifton, ranging down to -15 at Walpack. Winds are gusty out of the west bringing wind chill values down to -20. The -1 reading in Clifton is the coldest temperatures since Valentine’s Day in 2016. Watch for black ice on untreated roads if heading out this morning.
Arctic high pressure will be moving in from the midwest which will give us frigid weather today. Highs will be only in the teens and with winds gusting to 25 mph will keep wind chills below zero much of today despite plenty of sunshine. A wind chill advisory is in effect.
After a very cold morning on Friday temperatures will moderate a little but with much less wind it will feel more comfortable than today.
Dry weather is expected for the weekend, high temperatures in the 30s on Saturday will rise to the 40s on Sunday as the Arctic high pressure moves offshore and a milder southwest flow develops.
Mild weather most of next week and it should remain dry Monday and during the day on Tuesday. A frontal system will give our area a chance of rain Tuesday night into Wednesday.
JAN 31 – Sunny, high in the mid teens.
TONIGHT – Mostly clear, low around 5 above.
FRIDAY – FEB 1 – Partly sunny, high in the low 20s.
SATURDAY – FEB 2 – Partly sunny and not as cold, high in the upper 30s.
SUNDAY – FEB 3 – Partly sunny, high in the mid 40s.
MONDAY – FEB 4 – Mostly sunny, high near 50.
TUESDAY – FEB 5 – Partly sunny, high in the upper 50s, chance of rain after midnight.
WEDNESDAY – FEB 6 – Cloudy with a chance of rain, high near 50.
MARINE FORECAST: A small craft advisory is in effect until 4 a.m. Friday morning for westerly winds gusting to 30 knots, seas 5-8 feet.
OUTLOOK – No advisories expected on Friday; possible small craft conditions during the day on Saturday; no advisories expected Saturday night through Monday.