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.

Meteorologist Joe Martucci

A cold front extending from near Greenland all the way south to Cuba will sweep through Saturday.

Temperatures will rapidly crash back to reality and then some, setting up for a five-day stretch of very cold temperatures.

Rain will end during the first couple hours in the morning, between 7 and 10 a.m. In all likelihood, we should be done with the rain on the earlier end. Mid-level moisture does like to linger, though. This will leave cloud cover for the duration of the day with perhaps a shower late into morning.

Aain, flooding issues will be isolated and spotty in nature, but it is something to watch. The most impressive story will be the crash in temperatures.

What goes up must come down, and that is true for the thermometer. After a pair of days in the 60s, temperatures will fall throughout Saturday.

Temperatures go from around 60 at midnight Friday night, to the low 40s by noon and then fall into the 30s for the afternoon. The winds will be stiff, so wind chills in the 20s for the afternoon are likely. We may see a little sun by sunset, too.

I am not expecting a flash freeze to occur in South Jersey. While temperatures do crash under 32, and well under it, there should be at least eight hours of dry time before it does. In addition, winds will be stiff, helping to dry us out along the way.

Clouds clear out overnight, sending our temperature crash into overdrive. By the time we get to Sunday morning, we will be in the low teens. Frigid, but nowhere near the record low of negative three degrees from last Sunday.

Between Sunday and Thursday, the arctic surge is on.

This one will not be as long or as frigid. However, temperatures in the upper 20s to freezing are expected, along with lows in the teens most nights.

We expect mostly sunny days, with one exception. That will be in the Tuesday night to Wednesday timeframe, as we track a snowy clipper system.