WEATHER BLOG: Cool & Dry
Most of the severe weather reports over the last 24 hours were from damaging winds, as expected. There was one cluster of wind damaging reports in the Susquehanna Valley of Pa., then up into northeast Pa. a couple of isolated reports farther north and east into eastern New York well to the north of New York City. It looks like southeast Pa. and northern Maryland were basically a zone of very little with one report in York County, Pa. and one report in Cecil County, Md., but then as you head farther south, the damaging wind reports were numerous from Charles and Calvert County, Maryland southward through Va., N.C. and S.C. Overall, there were more than 240 reports of damaging wind, a handful of hail reports, and a handful of tornado reports (3 reports in Ga. from what appears to be the same storm; and one in Mecklenburg, Va. near N.C. border).
Now that the front that brought the gusty winds and downpours has shifted off to the east we are in cool weather for the weekend. The last of the rain lingering behind the front has pushed just to the east and clouds will yield to increasing sunshine with the cool wind. Wind gusts will reach 30 to perhaps 35 mph at times. Temperatures have been falling pretty steadily since the frontal passage and we recover some with the intervals of sunshine, but with cold advection all day behind the front and ahead of strong high pressure moving from Minnesota Saturday morning to western Pa./N.Y. Sunday morning will put a lid on those temps. Any instability sprinkles and showers….even some wet snow flakes…will be confined to western and northern Pa. as well as upstate N.Y. and northern New England Saturday into the evening. Any clouds we have this evening will tend to fall part and or move away with the high approaching. The wind will ease in the evening, but with the high still to the west, the wind will not go completely away, so not a good radiative cooling night, but it will be cold from the advection and some 10 degrees below average.
The high will promote sunshine Sunday. After our cold to chilly start, we remain cooler than average. However, with much less wind than Saturday, the afternoon overall will not feel too bad.