Rain and Snow Showers for Both Monday and Tuesday
Following a band of snow and rain showers this morning, New Jersey will see clearing skies this afternoon and more potentially wet weather for Tuesday.
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Showers and Clouds
What a way to go back to work on this Monday, as the morning has been dotted with snow and rain showers pushing across the state. Those showers are mostly very light and, with almost all surface temperatures just above freezing, no accumulations of any significance are expected.
As showers end Monday morning, clouds will part slowly this afternoon to feature a few breaks of sunshine. We’ll also pick up a brisk westerly wind today, up to about 20 mph. I think the sun and the warming wind will be enough to carry high temperatures into the mild mid 50s today. Today should be the 2nd warmest of the last 12 days.
Skies should continue to slowly clear tonight, with seasonable lows mainly in the mid 30s.
Tuesday will start off with partly to mostly cloudy skies - not a terrible morning overall. But a clipper system will approach New Jersey, and looks to bring another round of precipitation by Tuesday afternoon and evening. It will almost certainly start as rain, with a possible transition to a wintry mix or even all snow as temperatures drop Tuesday night. Once again, the rain and snow is expected to be mostly light, but I can’t rule out a dusting of snow or slush accumulation.
Temperatures are a huge question mark for Tuesday, with model high temperatures ranging from about 45° to 60°. The exact thermometer reading is going to be heavily influenced by exact timing of the clouds, showers, and subsequent cooler air. I think 50s are a pretty good bet for most of the state. Frankly, it doesn’t matter where in the 50s we end up - it’s all seasonable for late March, and it’ll be pretty comfortable.
Winners of the Week
Following Tuesday’s weather, we’ll get a break thanks to a dome of high pressure that will build into New Jersey. That will make Wednesday and Thursday the real weather winners of the week. Because of northwest winds, Wednesday will still be on the cool side, with highs in the upper 40s. On Thursday, those winds switch around to the southwest and pick up in speed a bit. That will be a warming wind, bumping up highs on Thursday to about the 60-degree mark for almost the entire state.
We’ll likely see clouds thicken up a bit Thursday evening, possibly leading to showers through Friday morning. But there is little model agreement for both precipitation and temperature from Friday through Sunday, so don’t put too much faith in the exact weekend forecast yet.