Happy Friday to everyone! Good morning and welcome to another balmy day here in NJ. Currently it is in the 40’s and 50’s in most spots, with foggy conditions and light drizzle around the area.
The chance of rain/thunderstorms is still in the picture for later this afternoon. I don’t believe we will see huge flooding rains with this system, however any amount of rain with the current snowpack and we will see pooling of water and possible stream/river elevation. I have included a picture of the projected river levels around the state for later this evening. Only a few gauges are forecasted to reach near flood stage and/or minor flooding. Nevertheless, with drainage areas being blocked by snow and ice, roads could get slick very fast so be careful this afternoon while driving. Winds may also pick up for a time.
As you can see by the second shot of current weather conditions, a large cold front will move through the area later this weekend, bringing with it winter weather conditions for next week. Temps will be back in the 30’s during the day and single digits/teens at night.
The EURO (European Weather Model), which has been quite accurate this winter predicting storms, is showing the following chances of snow next week:
Monday morning – chance of snow shower
Tuesday afternoon – chance of snow showers
Wednesday night/Thursday – chance of more significant snow
The GFS (Global Forecast Model) is agreeing with the trend toward more snow in the week ahead. I will update as more information comes in. Stay safe and have a lovely weekend!