Winter arrived on schedule yesterday, but we’ve been dealing with a weekend of record setting high temps with the number topping out at 71 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.
We set a new record high temperature Saturday at BWI of 71 degrees on this first day of astronomical winter. The previous record was 62 set back in 2011.
Through the first 19 days of this month, the temperature departure here is -0.7 degrees. Temps each of the next four days, including Friday, will be above normal.
Cold tonight as an area of arctic high pressure sets up over PA and becomes cloudy by morning. Lows overnight will dip into the 20s.
Clouds streaming into the area this afternoon and they will remain overhead tonight leading to mostly cloudy skies.
After a rough start to the holiday weekend, things have really mellowed out and the current weather charts show a lack of any strong or well-organized systems within the lower 48.
High pressure will continue to control our weather pattern through the start of the weekend. It will build into New England overnight and promote a clear and chilly night for us with a big temperature range across the region.
While the week got off to a dry start Monday, moisture is already starting to take over what’s left of this dry air that was provided by a ridge of high pressure.
Active weather associated with a vigorous area of low pressure has raced across the mid-west and portions of the Great Lakes and will continue to do so throughout Sunday evening.
We bottomed out in the mid 20s early Wednesday morning, but it felt more like the mid teens once you factored in the wind chill! We will be unseasonably chilly with highs only reaching into the mid 40s. This weather is more typical of what you would expect in January rather than in early/mid November.
As one system departs, another more potent gears up to dig in! This next system will swiftly move eastward across the country ushering in some of the coldest air of the season so far!
Well, I have officially thrown in the towel on the big storm idea for the middle of next week. The European model has trended over the past few runs to push any low that forms out to sea before it has a chance to make it far enough north to have any impact on our weather.