By Kate Bilo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Another day in the freezer and then some improvement on the way, but we may have to endure a brief hit of rain before we get into our pleasant start to the weekend!
Today we’re feeling the effects of what’s known as a “back door cold front,” meaning cold air pushing in from the north and east. That chilly NE wind will make our temperatures feel about 10 degrees colder than the thermometer indicates – and with a high of only 32, we’re already more than 15 degrees below normal. But at least it’s a dry day – many of us will see some sunshine.
Tomorrow, we’re keeping a very close eye on a system pushing along the East Coast, bringing heavy rain to portions of the Carolinas. This storm originally looked to stay out to sea, but late yesterday we watched the models shift and come into better agreement, allowing the precipitation shield from the storm to invade portions of our area. The good news is that this looks like an afternoon/evening rain threat, and temperatures will be in the 40’s tomorrow, so this will be rain. By far, the best chances for rain will be across South Jersey and Delaware, but a few of the recent runs of our in-house RPM model show the rain pushing as far north as Upper Montgomery and Bucks counties late Friday night, so the entire region needs to be on notice for a damp finish to the work week.
The rain moves out overnight and it’s a squeeze play Saturday as we await the arrival of a cold front – ahead of that front, southwest winds will help us moderate to around 50 degrees for the high, which will feel wonderful after our unusually cold start to March. The front Saturday night could bring rain or snow showers, and temperatures are sliced a bit Sunday, back to the 40’s.
We’ll start next week on a pleasant, milder note with highs in the 50’s and sunshine, but lest you thought winter was over, we’re watching the chances of some rain and snow in the mid-to-late portion of next week.