Bad-news, good-news forecast leads to pleasant spring weekend for South Jersey

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If you are the type of person who prefers to hear the bad news before the good, you’ll like this weekend’s weather forecast. And all of those people who have outdoor events and chores planned will like it even better. But first the bad news…/NWS If you are the type of person who prefers to hear the bad news before the good, you’ll like this weekend’s weather forecast. And all of those people who have outdoor events and chores planned will like it even better. But first the bad news…/NWS If you are the type of person who prefers to hear the bad news before the good, you’ll like this weekend’s weather forecast.

And if you have outdoor events or chores planned, you'll like it even better.

But first the bad news …

Damp and dreary Friday

You can tuck away your umbrella and give it a bit of a rest during the day today. That’s because the rain that had been forecast to fall Thursday afternoon will hold off until tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

But then things get ugly.

The heaviest portion of rain will fall during the day on Friday, April 4, as this 6 a.m. precipitation forecast shows./Weatherbell Anaylitics, www.weatherbell.com The heaviest portion of rain will fall during the day on Friday, April 4, as this 6 a.m. precipitation forecast shows./Weatherbell Anaylitics, www.weatherbell.com A sluggish low-pressure system that is forecast to spawn dangerous weather conditions Thursday across the Ohio Valley will tame out before reaching the East Coast on Friday. But the rain will remain, however.

A trailing cold front is expected to deliver periods of rain from Thursday evening through early Saturday morning across South Jersey, according to weather forecasts.

Rainfall amounts start at about a quarter-inch in Cape May County and get higher the further north you go in New Jersey./NWS Rainfall amounts start at about a quarter-inch in Cape May County and get higher the further north you go in New Jersey./NWS Cape May County could receive about one-quarter of an inch of rain, with about half an inch falling in Atlantic County. Greater totals could fall in Central and Northern New Jersey. The heaviest of the rain should fall during the day on Friday.

An east wind at 14-16 mph and temperatures nearing only 52 degrees will give a raw feel to the day on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Weekend wonderful

Most weather models give the boot to Friday’s rainmaker by the wee hours of Saturday morning. However, there is a 30 percent chance the rain could stick around to dampen your morning walk on Saturday, April 5.

Once the low pulls away, sunny and breezy conditions will move in, making for a pleasant day. Look for Saturday’s high temperatures to reach the low 60s across the South Jersey mainland with a kite-flying west wind of 13-21 mph.

The bulk of the rain will be approaching New England at noon on Saturday, leaving South Jersey far behind./Weatherbell Analtyics, www.weatherbell.com The bulk of the rain will be approaching New England at noon on Saturday, leaving South Jersey far behind./Weatherbell Analtyics, www.weatherbell.com The sun sticks around and the winds calm down on Sunday.

However, so does the temperature. A March-like South Jersey high temperature of 56 degrees is predicted for Sunday with sunny conditions.

 

 

 


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