The Jersey Shore might not be finished with slushy, winter weather just yet, according to weather bloggers and some national weather forecasters. Some are evening using the “S” word when glancing ahead toward next week’s weather predictions.
After we experienced a 2011-12 winter season that never really arrived, the 2012-13 winter season doesn’t seem to really want to quit. A weather system could bring us windy conditions and snow as early as Sunday, March 17. Here’s why:
Like a boxer throwing a right hook, Mother Nature is going to pull down cold air from Canada. Then she will swing her mighty fist across the lower Gulf States to pick up moisture before delivering a series of low pressure systems through the Appalachian Mountains.
Normally, the Jersey Shore would be on the eastern and warmer side of this storm. And normally, it’s been too warm to snow this late in March.
But this year is different.
A six-week span of colder-than-normal temperatures has kept us in the crosshairs for late-season snow.
The devil is in the details, however.
Saturday’s high temperature is expected to reach the upper 40s with rain along the Jersey Shore.
The high temperature will drop a few degrees on Sunday in South Jersey. As rain begins, temperatures will struggle to climb much higher than the mid-40s.
Weather forecasters say there is a chance of rain changing to snow on the back side of the low after it crosses the area and pulls down more cold Canadian air.
Overnight lows are expected to reach the upper 20s and provide enough cold air for snow as well.
The exact tract of the storm will determine how much, if any, snow falls.
The pace of how quickly the low moves away from us and how soon the next rain maker arrives will determine Monday’s weather fate.
Either way, look for more rain on Tuesday when another weather system approaches the Jersey Shore.
Residents of the Jersey Shore can expect cooler than normal temperatures and a chance of above-normal precipitation through the end of March, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center. The first chance of a stretch of 60 degree days won’t come until April 2, at the earliest. No fooling.
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