No weather problems expected for Election Day in NJ
One of the coldest mornings of the season so far will yield to a sunny, mild afternoon Tuesday across the Garden State.
We continue to ride the wave of autumn, featuring alternating cooler and warmer days. By the upcoming weekend, however, the atmosphere will settle on a much cooler setup overall. I said it on Monday, and I'll say it again - it's beginning to feel a lot like November.
Tuesday is starting off quite cold, with a widespread freeze in effect across New Jersey. Even interior Cape May County, where the growing season had remained intact, experienced a frost or freeze. A jacket, sweater, or coat almost certainly needed Tuesday morning.
Once the sun rises, your Election Day will become mostly sunny and mild. Forecast high temperatures range from 64 to 68 degrees - that's 5 to 10 degrees above normal, and it looks like Tuesday will be the warmest day of week. As the headline of this post suggests, I don't anticipate any weather-related problems for New Jersey voters.
While sunshine will dominate the daytime hours, clouds will start to creep into the picture starting Tuesday late afternoon. As clouds continue to increase Tuesday night, a shower or sprinkle will become possible after midnight. Meanwhile, it's not going to be that cold overnight, with low temperatures expected to stay above freezing in the mid to upper 40s.
Wednesday could get a bit wet, with scattered showers forecast to cross New Jersey ahead of a cold front. While models are consistent about how much rain will fall - not much - they diverse in intensity. The NAM plots a band of steadier, heavier rain over the Garden State from Wednesday late morning to late afternoon. Meanwhile, the GFS has much lighter, yet more persistent, scattered showers around the state throughout the Wednesday date time hours. In any case, this is not going to be the kind of drought-buster we need. You might just get a little bit for a time.
Meanwhile, skies will be mostly cloudy on Wednesday, with high temperatures in the upper 50s to around 60 degrees. Winds will become gusty Wednesday evening following the frontal passage, as cooler air returns.
Thursday will be a cooler day, with highs limited to the lower 50s. Plentiful sunshine will be counteracted by a stiff breeze.
We'll warm up a bit on Friday, with highs near 60 degrees. Mostly to partly sunny skies should make for decent Veterans' Day weather.
Our next cold front arrives Friday night, once again increasing winds. This front looks moisture-starved, so I'm keeping rain out of the forecast. I wouldn't rule out a few sprinkles and/or flurries sometime early Saturday morning.
Oh yes, I said flurries. And oh yes, temperatures will be dropping sharply heading into the weekend. Saturday's highs probably won't make it out of the 40s, while Sunday's high temps will be limited to the lower 50s. Brrr!