The recent mild and tranquil weather ends today as a wintry pattern returns, delivering arctic air by mid-week and a few snow chances.
By tomorrow, cold temperatures and blustery conditions will settle in, and it just gets colder from there.
“High temperatures will return to the 20s and 30s throughout the area during the middle of the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, with cold northwesterly winds serving as a reminder that winter isn’t quite over yet,” said John Homenuk, lead forecaster at New York Metro Weather.
Temperatures will be much below normal through at least next weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Now the snow threats:
1) Tonight into Monday. Snowfall accumulations of less than an inch are possible in the northern half of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
2) Tuesday night into Wednesday. Forecast models currently indicate a “minor nuisance” coastal system will impact the morning rush hour and should end by the evening rush hour, according to the National Weather Service. But with storms getting stronger and trending westward in the few days before striking all winter, the National Weather Service continues to monitor for that possibility.
3) Another system may develop well south of New Jersey and track along the coast sometime this weekend, but details remain uncertain this far in advance, according to the National Weather Service.
So when will this relentless wintry cycle end?
“As far as a break in the pattern, and some more sustained normal or above normal temperatures, no signs of it yet,” Homenuk said. “But we’re watching carefully for the first appearance of a respite in the wintry pattern on the model guidance.”