Record cold greeted some of us this morning as temperatures were well below zero in many areas. A new record low for this date was set at the Westover Air Reserve Base of -15 below zero, breaking the old record set in 2008 of -12. Orange fell to -15, Springfield -14 and Westfield -11 degrees. This extremely cold air will ease out over the weekend and will replaced by a modified air mass ahead of our next storm system.
We are in for a wild ride the next few days as temperatures will bounce up and then way down again and we have a myriad of precipitation types to go through before we settle back into the ice box later Monday night through mid week.
High pressure will move offshore tonight. Fair skies prevail, temperatures settling back to the low teens with a few locations in the upper single digits. It won’t be anywhere near as cold as last night but still below normal. Winds light southwest.
The bigger changes that lie ahead begin on Sunday. Low pressure in the Ohio Valley will spread clouds eastward as milder air continues to flow in on light south winds. A few rain and possibly snow showers break out in the afternoon. High temperatures in the mid 30s. Light southeast winds.
The low is expected to push toward the upper Hudson Valley through Sunday night meaning we stay on the milder side. Once the low moves further northeastward it will swing a strong arctic cold front through here early Monday. Ahead of the front we will actually have temperatures rise into the low 40s Sunday night, mid 40s Monday morning, only to rapidly fall back into and through the 30s during Monday afternoon behind the frontal passage. Periods of rain Sunday night, with pockets of freezing rain possible at the onset, becoming rain everywhere through the night into Monday morning. Around one half inch of rain is likely so we can expect a lot of puddles, especially in those areas where storm drains are hampered by the existing snow. With the much colder air charging in during the afternoon we could see a change to snow before the precipitation comes to an end.
Arctic air continues to spill into the region Monday night. Partly cloudy skies and by morning many of us will be back to under 10 degrees for lows.
Tuesday, partly sunny, bitter cold and breezy. Highs only in the low to mid teens.
Tuesday night, clear and continued much below normal cold. Lows close to zero for many.
Wednesday, sunny and not as cold as highs approach 20 degrees.