Cloudy, warm Wednesday before nor’easter arrives


High pressure moves offshore Wednesday as a storm system will work its way in from the west. 

We will see increasing clouds during the afternoon with showers developing by the evening.  Temperatures will be well above average with a high of 70 in the city, upper 60s in the suburbs.  The normal high temperature in Central Park of today is 61 degrees.

The coastal low will form off the Delmarva Peninsula and track northward along the coast. Steadier rain should develop early Thursday and it will continue through the entire day before it starts to taper off to scattered showers at night. Rainfall amounts could exceed an inch especially from the city and points north and east. A good onshore will make it much cooler with temperatures hovering in the 50s throughout the day.

The coastal storm will track to Southeastern New England where it will stall for a period. Cold air will rush in allowing for the rain to change over to snow across the higher elevations of the Northeastern U.S. This includes the highest spots the Catskills and Taconics north of the city. Even if some snowflakes make their way down to the coast and the city, it would too warm for them to stick on the ground.

As the storm meanders in New England, the risk of rain and snow showers will continue on Friday. A brisk northerly wind will keep temperatures in the 40s much of the day as well. Eventually, the storm will finally kick out to sea late in the day allowing the chance for some clearing late in the afternoon.

The weekend is shaping up to be nice. Skies look to be partly to mostly sunny and temperatures will recover nicely with highs back in the low to mid 60s.

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