Early Weekend Warmth, Late Weekend Cold

The title pretty much says it all. Southerly flow will help to warm temperatures to near or above normal values the next couple of days before our lives and temperatures come crashing back to below normal by early next week. Could see a light shower across western PA today before a better chance of wet weather moves in on Saturday before a cold front cools things down. DC should stay dry today and tomorrow before a light shower could graze the region Sunday. Enjoy the warmth because next week gets cold!
Current (~7am) Temperatures:
  • Erie, PA:  28; Wind Chill: 28
  • Franklin, PA: 25; Wind Chill: 19
  • New Castle, PA: 23; Wind Chill: 23
  • Butler, PA:  25; Wind Chill: 25
  • Pittsburgh (KAGC): 33; Wind Chill: 33
  • Uniontown, PA: 28; Wind Chill: 28
  • State College, PA: 32; Wind Chill: 25
  • Frederick, MD: 32; Wind Chill: 32 (6:35am)
  • BWI Airport, MD:  34; Wind Chill: 34
  • DC (KDCA):  47; Wind Chill: 44

Forecast:

Western PA:

Main threat: Wet roads. Nothing too serious.

  • Today:  Partly sunny. Chance of a shower, mainly across the south. Highs: 40s/Low 50s Overnight Lows: 30s/Low 40s
  • Saturday:  Chance of showers. Highs: 40s/50s Overnight Lows: Teens/20s
  • Sunday: Partly sunny Highs: Mid 30s/Low 40s. Overnight Lows: Teens

DC Region: 

Main threat: Dimwit drivers.

  • Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs: Mid 50s to low 60s Overnight Lows: 40s
  • Saturday:  Partly sunny. Highs: Mid to upper 60s. Some areas could break into 70s. Overnight Lows: 30s/low 40s
  • Sunday: Slight chance of a stray shower in the south. Otherwise, Partly sunny. Highs: Upper 40s/Low 50s Overnight Lows: Upper 20s

Good News: May be a light at the end of the cold tunnel. 11-15 day period seasonal/above normal. Euro weeklies (model for week 3 and 4) also show a warming trend in the pattern.

Bad News: Below normal temperatures settle in for much of next week. Potential for a snow event early to mid next week. May be sloppy mixed with rain/sleet. Still quite a bit of uncertainty with the track of the system. As always, I’ll keep you updated.