The central part of the Plains states will be the start of what could be another difficult week in the Northeast.
Looking at a Rad/Sat map you can see the storm system that will be our bane through the middle of the week.
We, of course, continue to hope that the storm will eventually move farther off shore and we'll only get to the edge of the system, but that has not been our luck as of late, so we'll prepare for the next storm.
High pressure will build into the region today, but there is a low cloud deck that will be slow to break up, but should do so through the midday and early afternoon hours as the trough swings through and we get a northwesterly flow lined up aloft.
So tonight with high pressure in place and what should be mainly clear skies we'll get a little frost and a hard freeze in some of the outer suburbs.
Tomorrow, there will be sunshine mixing with a few afternoon clouds as the thermal trough still in place. This will lead to a few afternoon cumulus.
Now comes the pain. Clouds will increase ahead of the storm system that will be situated off the Carolina Coast later tomorrow into tomorrow night, then lift northward during the day Wednesday.
So this is definitely a Nor'easter with the wind and the rain and the difficultly that goes with it. We are looking at a difficult time with an easterly wind causing further coastal flooding. The only fortunate part of this forecast with regard to the storm is that it will be moving faster than Sandy did and the impacts will be significantly less (though I guess that's an obvious statement.
There will also be colder air on the western side of the storm and there will be a mixture of wet snow over northwest NJ and northward to the Hudson Valley. At this point we are not expecting any meaningful accumulation of snowfall, but some higher elevations could receive a slushy covering. The rain and mixture of snow will continue all of Wednesday night and into the day Thursday. Rain should taper off later in the morning into the afternoon on Thursday.
Friday, high pressure builds back into the region with the return of sunshine and as a powerful trough builds into the west a corresponding ridge will build into the east leading to some nice and mild weather for the coming weekend!
Have a good day!