A rather weak short wave moving through the Northeast has produced plenty of clouds across the region Thursday morning.
Looks like it will be rather cloudy for the balance of the day. Most of the stuff on radar out to the west is not reaching the ground and will lift to the northeast.
The first official day of winter looks to be a mild one across the Northeast thanks to a large ridge just to the south of Bermuda.
Regardless of the clouds and wet weather, most temperatures are headed for the 50s this afternoon, and then the rain should come to an abrupt end (wrapping from southwest to northeast) either late this afternoon or early tonight.
While accumulating snow never materialized last night (for what it’s worth, the soaking rain last evening DID START TO MIX WITH SNOW at BWI at 10:51 p.m. before all forms of precipitation ended at 11:45 p.m.), there was a substantial amount of rain — especially in areas west of the Chesapeake Bay.
With sunshine, we warmed all the way up to 71 degrees this afternoon! That is just a few degrees shy of the 80 degree record and way above the average of 59 degrees.
Thanks to high pressure to the east yesterday, much of the region saw pleasant conditions in advance of a trough that will be moving into the region today.
Rain is coming down at a pretty good pace in Baltimore now and looks like precip continues pretty steady and heavy into early this afternoon.
As a low pressure system currently moving across Northeastern Pennsylvania continues to head to the east today, we will encounter a few periods of rain.
On the surface weather map this morning we have strong high pressure centered across upstate New York delivering plenty of dry, cool low level air.
The front has moved off shore and will continue to shift eastward as high pressure builds into the Northeast.
The stubborn upper-level low responsible for so much rain this week will remain a thorn in our side for one more day, but fortunately more sunshine will be had as this feature finally heads offshore.