We had another chilly start to our day with temperatures in the 40s and 50s around sunrise, but with plenty of sunshine expected, this afternoon should be nearly picture ideal! Temperatures will dip into the mid 30s each night.
There should be no major weather issues today as mainly sunny skies will be the theme for your Saturday, with high temperatures climbing into the middle 70s.
Many New Jerseyans are holding out hope that they'll see a white Christmas this year - either from snow that's still on the ground from the recent winter storm or from a new storm that could be looming late next week. Accumulations will be a dusting to an inch, which is pretty lackluster given the little to no snow on the ground now. There is a cold front that looks to hit Wednesday which will mix out the air. The strength of the cold air mixed with the still mild Lake Michigan waters will push the lake-effect snow machine back into high gear.
In the areas that got blanketed with heavy snow on Wednesday and Thursday, "there's not going to be a lot of melting the next couple of days", O'Brien said.
In December 2009, a big storm dumped almost 2 feet of snow in southern New Jersey and 10 inches or more in central and northern New Jersey five days before Christmas. If you are traveling south, it will once again be West Michigan that gives you the most trouble out on the roads.
One other thing to keep in mind is how cold the air will be for both Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
The extreme wind will drive temperatures to the high 40s on Saturday and low 50s on Sunday. Low -3C. Wind chill near -6C. If the cold air isn't as significant as now projected, snow amounts could be less than what we are expecting as of Sunday morning. Tomorrow we will be ahead of our next cold front, so expect a few isolated showers during the afternoon, but better chances for scattered areas of rain late Sunday into early Monday.