Blustery & Cold Conditions Expected Today

2/17/13  9:10 am

2-17An northeastward-moving ocean storm continues to develop well off the coast of New England, but will have no precipitation impact for our region (notice the IR satellite image to the left).  There will, however, be very blustery conditions today with northwesterly winds at 15-25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph; and with high temperatures at or below freezing today, will make for very cold wind chill values, particularly as we head into this evening.  Low temperatures tonight will sink into the lower to mid teens, with wind chill values reaching below zero.  Other than that, it should be a pleasant day with peaks of sunshine here and there.

Tomorrow promises to be another nice day as brief high pressure sets in.  Abundant sunshine, but chilly temperatures can be expected with the lower to mid 30’s for highs and the lower to mid 20’s for lows.  Winds will also die down a bit, falling to 10-15 mph, but keep in mind that that will still be sufficient enough to drop wind chill values into the single digits.  An approaching low pressure system will threaten the area on Tuesday and into Tuesday night.  A wintry mix of rain/snow/sleet will affect the northern Mid-Atlantic, turning to mostly freezing rain/rain by the afternoon.  Make sure to check back as we get closer to Tuesday to get the most accurate precipitation totals for your specific location.  High temperatures will be in the lower to mid 40’s across the interior with the mid 40’s to lower 50’s elsewhere.  Lows are projected to be in the mid to upper 20’s throughout the region.

The foul weather will luckily be short-lived as a broad area of high pressure builds in from Canada, creating pleasant and tranquil conditions through Thursday.  Breezy conditions will affect the area on Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday’s associated cold front.  Otherwise, partly to mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures can be expected.  There will be yet another shot at snow for this weekend as a low pressure system approaches from the Rockies.