How’s this for timing? When Punxsutawney Phil crawled out into the open to offer his annual weather prediction on Saturday, Feb. 2, he called for an early end to winter. But did he mean next week? It’s seems like he just might have. But there’s one problem, and it’s a big but.
Alberta Clippers head toward South Jersey
The weather pattern that has been slinging Alberta Clipper weather systems toward South Jersey since last Friday has only one thing on its mind. It doesn’t want to leave. Instead, it wants to be an unwelcomed guest for at least a few more days.
This quest plans to deliver a round of a snow tonight and during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 5. Early calls are for a dusting to up to two inches by Tuesday morning.
Don’t put your snow shovels away just yet.
Once again, during the Tuesday overnight hours, more snow is possible, according to the National Weather Service. By the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 6, South Jersey residents could expect a light dusting to coat walkways, sidewalks and the windows of their cars.
But then it gets even more interesting when we glance out toward the weekend.
Possible weekend storm?
European weather models are hinting that an Alberta Clipper low pressure system could stall off the South Jersey coast Friday evening into Saturday. Then it’s going to bomb out into an intense nor’easter and take aim for New England.
South Jersey residents should see rain or a mixed bag of a lot of precipitation.
However, there is a big “but” to this equation.
If enough cold air sets up or the low tracks a little further south, we could see some snow.
There is good news on the horizon, however.
Starting this weekend, daily high temperatures will begin to warm up to above normal.
According to the National Weather Service’s long-range forecast, temperatures through mid-February are to remain above the normal average of spring-like, 45-48 degrees.
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