Warm January

Lorenzo Yutzy, 2, gets a push on the swings at the Canale Park Playground in EHT as his sister, Angelina, 4 months, naps with mom, Carla. Today’s temperatures reached the 60’s, a possible record for January. Thursday January 12 2017 (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

Ben Fogletto / Staff Photographer

We are still tracking the potential for a record high Thursday, as well as some snow falling on Saturday as our very active pattern continues.

You can turn the heat off for Thursday, unless you live along the shores. We are starting out in the 40s. That's our average for this time of year! With a southwest wind, it will be rocket fuel to get us up into the 60s. Everywhere from Upper Deerfield, to EHT to Hammonton will be in the 60s. In fact, the forecasted high of 65 degrees at A.C. International Airport would tie the record for the record high! Take some time to enjoy, especially with the longer daylight we have.

However, a southwest wind blows a chilly bay breeze to the immediate shore. Here, temperatures will be in the upper 40s to 50s. Not bad for this time of year, but sadly, a missed opportunity. 

As we go into Thursday night, rain showers will move through. Not all night will have rain. In fact, we may have a burst of rain just after the evening rush and then be relatively dry until the early morning on Friday. Friday then have morning rain, tapering down from north to south around lunchtime.

The heat will not be needed again, at least for most of the day. Morning temps will be in the 60s, falling into the low 50s for the afternoon. The thermometer will keep on dropping and we go into the mid-20s on Friday night! Talk about being active...

Canadian high pressure is the cause of the colder temperatures. It does its job and gets out, though. In its place will be a coastal storm for Saturday. I am still confident on the same details we provided Wednesday night. 

- The storm will be Saturday afternoon into Saturday night

- At least 50% of the storm will be rain, more so near Cape May.

- Snow will have a tough time sticking on the roads, unless it is heavy or is sleet.

We can really hone in on the details Friday morning and give an accurate forecast. This is looking like a typical New Jersey coastal storm. Southeast Jersey stays mostly wet, with the I-95 corridor the battle line between all snow and mixing.  Stay tuned! 

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This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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