Forecasters continue to monitor ‘potential’ wintry weather for late next week

    “Things remain murky on the forecast for Thursday.”

    That’s the latest assessment from the forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ. 

    After indicating a colder, snowier solution yesterday, the two major forecast models, GFS and ECMWF (EURO), now show a warmer outcome. While both indicate a coastal storm moving up the coast to the northeast, the GFS keeps the “best chance” of moisture in northern areas, while the EURO delivers moisture throughout the entire area, according to forecasters.

    But what about snow?

    “With the guidance coming in warmer, this will push a rain/snow line closer to the I-95 corridor [rain to the south],” the forecasters advise, adding that the extent of cold air available on Wednesday night will determine who will see snow.

    And timing?

    “The GFS pulls the precipitation out of the area overnight Thursday, but the ECMWF keeps it around through early Friday,” forecasters said.

    So the takeaway is that for now, what ultimately happens is far from clear.

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