Rain ending this morning and turning much colder by this afternoon! Flash freeze possible! Coldest air of the season tonight through Tuesday morning!


Good morning!

Rain is falling across the area early on this Sunday morning and temperatures are just above freezing in Clifton down to some mid 20s further inland where freezing rain is occurring. Winds are gusty out of the northeast.

After last night’s snow that gave the Clifton area around 2 inches accumulation, the precipitation changed to freezing rain and then to all rain early this morning. Lucky for the Clifton area that temperatures have not been as cold as expected and there will not be a prolonged freezing rain event here, however across the inland valleys of northwest New Jersey and the Hudson Valley freezing rain will continue for most of this morning. The precipitation should taper off by later this morning and temperatures should rise to around 40. Much colder air will be moving into the area this afternoon so any standing water will freeze, hopefully the strong winds anticipated this afternoon will dry the ground before it gets much colder tonight. Temperatures will fall to the 20s this afternoon and into the single digits by morning. Winds will gust to 35 mph making it feel much colder.

Monday will be extremely cold with highs only in the teens and with winds continue to gust to 35 mph will bring wind chills down to nearly -15 degrees despite having mostly sunny conditions.

After a frigid Tuesday morning temperatures will moderate in the afternoon as the Arctic high pressure starts moving off the coast, winds will be much lighter.

Unsettled weather expected Wednesday and Thursday as another storm system will give us a good chance of rain or snow.

THE FORECAST:

TODAY – JAN 20 – Rain tapering off and ending by noon, rain may be heavy at times, high temperatures in the low 40s this morning falling to the 20s by sunset, becoming windy this afternoon.

TONIGHT – Partly cloudy, windy and much colder, low around 5.

M.L. KING DAY – JAN 21 – Mostly sunny and windy, highs only in the mid teens.

TUESDAY – JAN 22 – Sunny and not as frigid, high in the low 30s.

WEDNESDAY – JAN 23 – Cloudy with a chance of freezing rain and sleet in the morning then a chance of rain, high in the mid 40s.

THURSDAY – JAN 24 – Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, high in the mid 40s, chance of snow at night.

FRIDAY – JAN 25 – Mostly sunny, high in the mid 30s.

SATURDAY – JAN 26 – Mostly sunny and colder, high in the mid 20s.

MARINE FORECAST: A gale warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday evening. Winds south-southeast gusting to 35 knots this morning becoming westerly and gusting to 45 knots this afternoon. Freezing spray possible late.

OUTLOOK – No advisories expected on Tuesday; possible small craft conditions on Wednesday; no advisories expected for Thursday.

Despite this weather try to have a nice day!

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