Tuesday was an absolutely gorgeous day; after a low of 49 we had some high clouds, but that didn’t prevent us from reaching 76 in the afternoon at Philadelphia International Airport! There was also a southwesterly wind between 10-15mph that pumped in that warmer air, but if you thought 76 was unseasonably warm for late October(it was 13 degrees above average!) the record high for the day was 85 set back in 1919(tell that to Al Gore!).
Overnight we’ll have the clouds continue to push in from the west ahead of a cold front; there may be some light rain across northern and western areas after Midnight with lows in the lower 50s while elsewhere it will stay dry with lows in the upper 50s due to the cloud cover.
Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a southerly wind to the south ahead of the cold front; highs will be in the upper 60s to near 70 with afternoon light showers while further north will be in the lower 60s with morning showers giving way to some partial sunshine in the afternoon once the front passes. Overnight Wednesday we’ll clear out with lows in the upper 40s while Thursday will feature sunshine, but with a chillier northwesterly wind. Highs will just be in the upper 50s.
It will be in the middle 50s on Friday with high pressure to our north so we’ll have an onshore flow while another cold front will be pushing through Friday night and bringing in a reinforcing shot of cold air for the weekend. There will be some showers overnight into Saturday morning, but then all cards are off the table through the day as model guidance(operational and ensembles) has different scenarios; one setup is that the cold front and low off of the Carolina coastline phase(merge) into a monster storm and provide heavy rain for the coast while further inland is a mix of wet snowflakes while another setup features the front and coastal low phase late into New England providing them with a big snowstorm.
For now I am going in the middle of the road with showers throughout the day on Saturday as highs will be around 50 by Midnight and then drop back into the 40s by the afternoon; when I wrote “showers” I meant mostly rain, but on the back end in higher elevations north and west there could be some snow showers with little accumulation. Sunday will be unseasonably cold with highs just in the upper 40s and lows at or below freezing, but then we go back on a warming trend starting on Monday; highs will be in the middle 50s while Tuesday will be back into the 60s ahead of another cold front by mid-week.
For now enjoy your night and remember that you can check out my 7-day forecast, follow the satellite and looping radar as well ANY TIME at www.scottderekwx.com.