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Temperatures drop as chilly pattern sets up for the Holiday

Cool pattern setting up the rest of the week and into the Holiday weekend

A flow of air from the northwest has imported some much cooler than normal conditions to the region.  Highs will top out in the upper 40s to low 50s Wednesday, then struggle to get above the mid-40s Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  High pressure will be dropping into the Great Lakes region Wednesday, then into New England Thursday and Friday. What this will do is keep the skies clear and the temperature profile more reminiscent of December than November.  A wedge of cold air will set up in the Commonwealth on Friday, but get quickly scoured out by Saturday.  The chance for the rain to start out as a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain is likely, but the potential for it to last long enough to be very impactful is low.  I expect the frozen precipitation to melt as the transition to rain occurs a little after sunrise.  The rain event will be a cold rain, but the icy event will more than likely be more of a light glaze (still a concern) but not major icing like we had last week.

Sunday will provide us a brief break between wet weather events and the temps will rise near normal (mid to upper-50s).  More rain is slated for Monday then we dry out and cool down on Tuesday.

 

If you are traveling on Wednesday there may be some issues if you decide to head to New England as there may be some wintry weather throughout most of that area. The west coast is going to get some much-needed rain to assist with the wildfire fighting as well as the suppression of the smoke in the atmosphere.  The deep south is going to see some rain, but mainly along the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana.  Great Lakes may see some snow, but most of the country will be on the quiet side. 

Locally, we should stay dry until Saturday so if you are heading out to Grandmothers house that may take you over the river and through the woods, there won’t be many issues weather-wise. 

John Carroll                                                      
Chief Meteorologist

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