AccuWeather Forecast for the New York area
NEW YORK (WABC) -- The day is getting off to an exceptionally cold start As a reinforcing shot of cold air spreads out across the Northeast and mid Atlantic states today and tonight, folks will really feel the chill in the air -- even if there isn't that much wind.
While the temperature in most cities and towns yesterday did manage to reach the lower and middle 30s, most places should fail to get out of the 20s this afternoon.
Much of the Upper Midwest has been dealing with the bitter chill for the past day or two, where most temperatures this morning are between zero and ten below.
We did mention yesterday morning that a rather weak impulse of energy would kick up a few flurries, primarily in the Pocono Mountains, the Catskills and in other areas located well to the north and west of the coastal plain.
As you may have guessed, there has been quite a bit of lake-effect snow occurring across northwestern Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio and in upstate New York.
Therefore, any time there's even a small ripple of jet stream energy moving through the prevailing flow, it is usually enough to pull some of the flurries and snow showers farther east. So, this is the case early this morning, but the regional radar mosaic is already showing signs as of this writing that the flurry and snow shower activity is dissipating as it slides to the south and east across Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.
So, while today should be unseasonably cold, there ought to be a decent amount of sunshine, too& As we mentioned above, the temperature in most places will fail to get out of the 20s.
Tonight will also be quite cold, especially if the sky is clear and the wind is light in most places this evening.
Beneath a ridge of high pressure, the temperature does have a tendency to fall sharply early on a mid-December night.
Therefore, most thermometers will either be in the teens or lower 20s by midnight, but should not really drop much further when some high and mid level clouds start to arrive shortly thereafter.
Tomorrow will offer some sunshine, but it will tend to fade quickly behind increasing clouds -- it will also still be quite cold.
Most temperatures will be in the lower or middle 30s, but we'll manage to squeeze out ONE MORE DAY before the next round of precipitation arrives.
As we discussed yesterday, there is going to be a low pressure system that will begin to develop late tomorrow and tomorrow night in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
While it won't look all that impressive at first, it will begin to tap into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico late tomorrow night and early Saturday.
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