By Justin Drabick
Temperatures this weekend stayed below average as quick shot of arctic air blasted into the Delaware Valley. Highs on Saturday made it into the mid 30s with the average high being in the upper 30s.
An arctic cold front crosses the region last night, providing a brief dusting on snow very early this morning. Officially on the trace of snow was recorded at the airport but other areas saw a dusting and up to 2” in the Poconos. That front reinforced the cold air in place as morning lows were in the teens.
High pressure has settled into the Delaware Valley today. This kept skies sunny but temperatures remained in the 20s for afternoon highs. The clear skies and dry air mass tonight will allow for temperatures to drop back into the teens and even single digits in some spots.
But just like all season long, these cold blasts are brief. Temperatures begin to moderate into the upper 30s tomorrow afternoon with southerly winds ahead of the next cold front. Rain arrives for Tuesday with even milder highs in the low 50s. It is possible that initially some cold air may remain in place very early Tuesday morning to provide a brief period of freezing rain to the Lehigh valley and Poconos.
Another brief cool down arrives for the end of the week before another warm-up looks to arrive next weekend. On average, this upcoming week is the coldest time on the year.