December warmth to end with rain, snow flurries

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 December to remember for its warm temperatures is going to change in a big way and soon, according to a hazardous weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service. December to remember for its warm temperatures is going to change in a big way and soon, according to a hazardous weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service. A December to remember for its warm temperatures is going to change in a big way and soon, according to a hazardous weather outlook posted by the National Weather Service.

The same cold front that delivered sub-zero temperatures to portions of the Upper Midwest has lost much of its punch but will still send temperatures below normal for most of the next week, the National Weather Service said.

Early December warmth

For the first five days of December, South Jersey high temperatures have ranged from slightly above normal to way above normal, according to preliminary climate data taken by the National Weather Service at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township.

Thursday, Dec. 5 was the warmest so far with an unofficial high temperature reading of 58 degrees.

 Big change comes to warm weather pattern

The big change begins on Friday, Dec. 6 when a cold front will stall over the eastern portion of the United States. While it remains in the neighborhood, the stalled cold front will channel up a series of rain- and snow-making low pressure storm systems until Tuesday.

Friday begins with rain

Look for a bit of morning rain on Friday, Dec. 6 while temperatures peak in the upper 50s early in the morning. Then temperatures will gradually fall into the upper 40s during the afternoon.

A steadier rain will return Friday evening and overnight Friday before ending early in the day on Saturday, Dec. 7.

But Saturday will be much cooler with afternoon sunshine and high temperatures nearing the middle 40s across South Jersey.

Sunday could bring South Jersey snow

Another storm system will cross South Jersey and the Middle Atlantic States on Sunday and bring a mixed bag of weather woes with it. Dec. 8. Precipitation in South Jersey could start off as a wintery mix before changing over to all rain, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures in South Jersey will hover around the 40-degree mark on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Interior portions of Pennsylvania could a few hours of snow before it also changes over to rain in the afternoon

Rain and snow are possible on Sunday evening as temperatures drop into the lower 30s while the rain persists until early Monday morning.

Tuesday brings yet another chance or rain, snow or freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.

The sky finally clears

The sky will finally clear on Wednesday, Dec. 11, but with a price: South Jersey high temperatures are expected to reach only the middle 30s during the middle of next week.

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