Huge warm up, possible snow on the way

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Even as weather forecasters are predicting a brief, four-day warm up, nobody seems prepared to issue a last call for snow from the relentless winter of 2013-14. Forecaster’s say spring-like warmth is in the offering for Friday and Saturday, but more snow could be on the way to mess up the middle of next week./Climate Prediction Center Even as weather forecasters are predicting a brief, four-day warm up, nobody seems prepared to issue a last call for snow from the relentless winter of 2013-14. Forecaster’s say spring-like warmth is in the offering for Friday and Saturday, but more snow could be on the way to mess up the middle of next week./Climate Prediction Center Even as weather forecasters are predicting a brief, four-day warm up, nobody seems prepared to issue a last call for snow from the relentless winter of 2013-14.

Forecaster’s say spring-like warmth is in the offering for Friday and Saturday, but more snow could be on the way to mess up the middle of next week.

But first the warmth.

When will the cold end?

If you are tired of the cold, you aren’t alone. But there’s relief in sight and it begins as early as Thursday, Feb. 20.

The mean 24-hour South Jersey temperature through the first 18 days of February averaged 3.1 degrees colder than normal, according to the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center. And that’s coming off a January in which the average low temperature was 7.1 degrees colder than normal.

Brrr!

South Jersey changes coming

But that changes tomorrow when the pretend mercury in our digital thermometers could soar past 50 degrees, setting the stage for a four-day run of above average temperatures.

Temperatures could reach the 60s in portions of South Jersey on Friday, Feb. 21./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Temperatures could reach the 60s in portions of South Jersey on Friday, Feb. 21./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Finally!

According to the National Weather Service, patch fog will clear in time on Thursday, Feb. 20 to let temperatures reach 50 under a mostly sunny sky across much of South Jersey.

Temperatures could approach 60 degrees on Friday, Feb. 21, but 11- to 21-mph southerly winds will bring rain and thunderstorms, the Weather Service forecasts. Up to a half-an-inch of rain is possible.

Weekend warmth

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday remains warmer than normal with high temperatures near 50 degrees each day, depending on your weather source. No precipitation is expected over the weekend, however.

Next week outlook

A blustery cold front will rush through the area on Sunday night and plow out any warmth for the remainder of the week.

South Jersey daily high temperatures could stay in the 30s much of next week and average 10 degrees colder from Monday through Friday.

There’s a chance for snow on Tuesday or Wednesday, but it’s too far out to issue snowfall accumulations.

In the meantime, enjoy the warmth.

An early outlook is forecasting snow for Wednesday, Feb. 26./Weeatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com An early outlook is forecasting snow for Wednesday, Feb. 26./Weeatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com


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