After a warm weekend featuring record breaking temperatures on Sunday, cold air returns just in time for Christmas Eve and Christmas, forecasters say.
Remaining snow will melt through the weekend, and dry air will dominate after showers depart for Christmas Eve, dashing any chances for a White Christmas.
Saturday is the pick of the weekend, featuring sun and clouds with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. Locations inland could hit 60 degrees.
Sunday will be generally overcast, with a chance of showers during the afternoon. Temperatures throughout the state will approach 70 degrees. During the evening and into Monday, there is a much greater chance of showers, potentially causing flooding problems.
The National Weather Service advises that “the combination of melting snow and possibly heavy rain could cause some poor drainage and small stream flooding” during that period.
We’ll clear for Christmas Eve, with blustery conditions expected. Then on Christmas, it will be dry and seasonably cold.
The last White Christmas was courtesy of leftover snow from the December 19, 2009 blizzard, which dumped up to two feet of snow in New Jersey, according to NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon.