NEW YORK — After a crisp and chilly weekend, New Yorkers were treated to an unseasonably mild Monday as temperatures rose into the 60s across the five boroughs.
The day started out on a cloudy and rainy note, but we were able to squeeze out some sunshine during the afternoon hours. Central Park clocked-in with a high of 61 degrees, making it the warmest day this month. The last time we saw 60-degree temperatures in December was last Christmas (61).
Unfortunately, the mild air will not stick around as a cold front will make its way through the region and send temperatures tumbling. At this time Tuesday, most locations will be at least 20 degrees colder than we are right now. Along with the chilly temperatures, winds will increase Monday evening and gusts of up to 40 mph are possible.
So, 60-degree temperatures first, then 40 mph winds. What could we throw in next? How about some…SNOW!? Believe it or not, some of our forecast models are hinting at a few snowflakes on Wednesday. We will not see a big winter storm, but a coating to an inch is likely in most locations. Areas to the north and west could get a bit more. We could very well see our first measurable snowfall since Feb. 22, 2021 (0.4″).
As we looking ahead, the mild air that we saw today could make another appearance this coming weekend. Temperatures are likely to increase once again ahead of a cold front on Friday, and another 60-degree day is possible.
As with most Decembers though, the mild conditions will be short-lived and temperatures will drop back into the 40s by next Monday.