Weather forecasters hope to avoid early season forecast sweep

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While Mother Nature holds the upper hand after the season’s first two winter storms have crossed the area, national and local weather forecasters are hoping to end their losing streak by the time this weekend’s quick-hitting coastal storm comes around.

The coldest air of the season should lift just in time on Saturday for much of the moisture associated a developing coastal low falls as rain, the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center said.

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After predicting too little snow during Sunday’s wintry event, forecasters called for too much snowfall in Atlantic County during the event on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Warmer temperatures across Cape May and southern Atlantic counties made sure to seal their fate on Saturday.

Terrible Thursday, frosty Friday

Watch out for bitterly cold overnight and early morning low temperatures during the next few days because South Jersey high temperatures shouldn’t crack the freezing mark on Thursday, Dec. 12, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday morning’s low temperatures could settle into the low-to-middle teens. Combined with an 8 to 13 mph win out of the west, any wind chill readings could drop into the teens.

Friday’s temperatures won’t be too much warmer than Thursday’s temperature readings. We could reach the middle-30s if we are lucky, according to the National Weather Service.

South Jersey weekend soaker

However, the storm system that could drop feet of snow across portions of New England, and upstate New York should only deliver a chilly rain here in South Jersey, the National Weather Service said.

A low pressure system moving up the spine of the Appalachians will transfer its energy to a coastal low which will then set its sights on New England.

The location where the low forms will determine where any bands of heavy snow falls, the National Weather Service said.

Either way, South Jersey should receive mostly rain with afternoon high temperatures in the mid-40s on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.

The rain should begin in the afternoon on Saturday and last until the morning hours on Sunday, the Weather Service said. Between three-quarters to an inch of rain could fall during the weekend.

Then everything turns cold again with afternoon highs dropping into the middle 30s for the beginning of the work week.

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