Here comes the cold

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The National Weather Service expects colder-than-normal temperatures to remain in place through early February. The National Weather Service expects colder-than-normal temperatures to remain in place through early February.

The National Weather Service expects colder-than-normal temperatures to remain in place through early February.

A three-day arctic blast is approaching South Jersey just in time for a possible snowstorm later in the week.

While we awake to chilly temperatures to greet us on Monday, Jan. 21, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day, few may realize it’s actually the warmest 24 hours we’ll experience for at least a week.

After enjoying a winter that has dealt us relatively mild temperatures so far, the reality of living in Middle Atlantic States will hit home this week when temperatures drop to below seasonal averages.

Expect a high in the mid- to upper-30s today, according to the National Weather Service.

After that the deep chill begins to settle in so parents should consider getting out the extra thick winter gear for their kids who will be heading back to school on Tuesday.

Although it will be sunny, the daily high temperatures will struggle to climb up into the mid- to upper-20s through Thursday.

Overnight lows will slip into the frigid lower teens and may even drop a few degrees colder for residents who live out in western Atlantic County.

However, at least it will be sunny so all is not lost.

But then trouble hits and just in time for the weekend.

Long-range weather models have agreed that a rain- or snow-making storm will come across from the Midwest on Friday into Saturday.  However, that’s all they agree on.

One forecast creates a monster snow-making low pressure system off the coast of New Jersey, which could deliver 12-plus inches. The other forecast calls for the low pressure to ride up the Appalachian Mountains. South Jersey would be on the warm side, so we’d get rain instead.

The big three, The Weather Channel, AccuWeather and the National Weather Service, like the warmer track so far.

Although we’re forecast to get a brief warm-up early next week, expect colder-than-normal temperatures to stick around through the first week of February.

Weather fun place: Opportunity, Montana

There won’t be too much opportunity for summer-like fun in this town located in the mountains of Montana. Ironically, the residents of Opportunity will enjoy warmer temperatures this week than South Jersey residents will. Highs will average in the upper 30s.

The town was formed in the early 1900s as a get-away place for people who wanted to enjoy the opportunity of beating the high cost of city living by moving to the country.

 


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