Seasonable pattern into the weekend
Temperatures will try to moderate towards seasonal averages in the mid 60s and mid 40s by Sunday.
Today and Tonight: Friday Afternoon will be a few degrees warmer than Thursday. Expect a high temperature in the low 60s. Sunshine will stick. Another clear, cold night in the upper 30s is ahead.
Looking Ahead: A continued warming trend is anticipated on Saturday. Sunshine and easterly winds will help afternoon highs rebound into the mid 60s, which is close to normal for the time of year. Saturday Night won’t be nearly as cool with lows staying in the mid to upper 40s as wind become southeasterly. A weak front will pass the area on Sunday, though nothing more than a few clouds is expected at this time. Highs will be in the mid 60s.
Forecast Discussion: A mid-level ridge and surface high pressure system will control the Eastern United States through the weekend. Easterly winds will feed the region with relatively cooler temperatures than the air aloft. Thus, a stable atmosphere will result in sunshine and slowly moderating temperatures through Saturday as winds turn around to the southeast. The next disturbance will be a weak shortwave passing through the upper levels on Sunday. A very dry atmosphere will mean that even with a cold front developing at the surface, little more than a passing cloud is expected with this system. The front will reinforce seasonably cool air which figures to stay in place through the middle of next week. The next high pressure system behind that front will again turn winds around to the northeast as it moves across the Eastern United States. No rain-making storm systems are indicated by the forecast models until next Friday at the earliest.
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