After unseasonable warmth, unseasonable cold returns along with snow

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Despite last week’s seemingly incredible run of six straight days where the South Jersey mainland high temperature reached 50 degrees or more, unseasonable cold has returned for much of the Middle Atlantic States./NWS Despite last week’s seemingly incredible run of six straight days where the South Jersey mainland high temperature reached 50 degrees or more, unseasonable cold has returned for much of the Middle Atlantic States./NWS Despite last week’s seemingly incredible run of six straight days where the South Jersey mainland high temperature reached 50 degrees or more, unseasonable cold has returned for much of the Middle Atlantic States. The frosty reminders that Ol’ Man Winter continues to overstay his welcome will play out over the next several days, according to the National Weather Service.

Arctic air returns

It hardly seems fair that the forces that combined to produce a 64-degree South Jersey high temperature on Sunday, Feb. 23 could change so quickly during the next 24 hours.

Sunday’s temperature performance capped off a six-day run in which daily temperature readings averaged about six degrees warmer than normal, according to National Weather Service readings taken at the Atlantic City International Airport.

The temperature reached 50 degrees on Feb. 18 and 19, and rose to 52 on Feb. 20. The daily high posted high temperatures of 56, 59 and 64 on Feb. 21-23.

But on Monday, Feb. 24 that all changed.

A strong surface high pressure will continue to usher the very cold, polar air from northern Canada into the central and northeastern United States.

Temperatures could range between 20 and 40 degrees colder than normal across the upper Midwest, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures on Wednesday, Feb. 26 will struggle to climb out of the 30s./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com Temperatures on Wednesday, Feb. 26 will struggle to climb out of the 30s./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com While it won’t get anywhere near that cold here in South Jersey, temperatures are going to sink low enough – yet again – to put a January-like feel in the air.

Thanks to a breezy west wind, South Jersey is about to feel some of the arctic chill that plagued upper Midwest communities with morning lows in the lower single digits.

Though South Jersey mainland high temperatures are expected to hover around 40 degrees on Monday, Feb. 24, it won’t seem that way. Thanks to 17-21 mph winds and gusts nearly 32 mph, Feb. 24 will fell much like Dec. 24 instead, the National Weather Service said.

Several chances for nuisance snow

Though there are no huge snow events in the near future, enough moisture could meet up with this week’s arctic blast to produce a few nuisance snow events through the middle of next week.

Tuesday, Wednesday snow

Tuesday provides the first chance for snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Cloudy conditions will limit Tuesday’s high temperatures to the chilly mid-30s with a 30 percent chance of snow through the day.

A coastal low pressure system will create the chance for snow on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and pull in even more arctic air to South Jersey./NWS A coastal low pressure system will create the chance for snow on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and pull in even more arctic air to South Jersey./NWS A low pressure system that will pass by South Jersey could pass close enough to produce snow for the Garden State on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

There’s a 50 percent chance of snow on Wednesday, which could range between 1-3 inches, according to the National Weather Service which forecasts a high of only 33 degrees. That is about 14 degrees colder than normal.

The snow should end by noon but the cold will remain.

Late-week sun, cold

Though the sun will return on Thursday and Friday, temperatures won’t rebound too much. The high on Thursday may only reach 38 degrees and Friday could chill off to a high of just 35, according to the National Weather Service.

Weekend snow?

The National Weather Service forecasts a chance for snow flurries on Saturday and more chances for March snow later next week.

Weather trivia

Weather trivia: Children die while sledding along Garden State Parkway on Feb. 24, 1989

 

 

 

 


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