Mid December and the weather is sunny and in the 50s this Friday afternoon. Wow! This is unusual to be this warm this late in the season. Needless to say, we don't expect this level of warmth to last. A shield of clouds returns tonight and blankets our area on Saturday. This is ahead of an area of low pressure approaching from the west. This low will pass north of the area Saturday night and brings a round of light rain to the region late Saturday into early Sunday. Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday look to climb into the mid 40s, about 10 degrees above average.
A gradual push of winter weather will take place in the wake of the weekend's low pressure system. The circulation around the low will turn winds into the northwest, bringing a drop in the temperature to our area on Monday. Highs on Monday afternoon look to climb into the mid 30s. The winds bring even cooler air to the region on Tuesday, with highs only in the 20s. Wind chills on Tuesday afternoon will likely be only in the teens and single digits.
Looking ahead, there's the possibility of a nor'easter in the time frame of Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Some of our models bring the storm near Central New York, but several also bring the storm out to sea. This is something we'll have to watch closely and will keep you updated on as we get closer. Remember, long range snowfall forecasts aren't very accurate.