AC Polar Plunge

Traci Scott, 50, ready in her new years gear and bathing suit to run into the cold ocean on Maine Avenue Beach for the 4th Annual Penguin Plunge, to raise money for the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. (The Press of Atlantic City/ Viviana Pernot)

A reinforcing shot of arctic air will likely make this the coldest start to the New Year in history.

The sun will try to melt yesterday's snow, but with a high in the low 20s and gusty winds on top of that, much of it will stick around into 2018. Going into this evening, it will be bone chilling cold. We have been accustomed to the very cold weather somewhat, given the past couple of days. However, temperatures will be even lower as we say goodbye to 2017.

Temperatures will have no problem falling to around 10 degrees by midnight, and it will keep dropping after that. I am forecasting a low of only 3 degrees for Monday morning! This would break the previous record low at Atlantic City International Airport of 4 degrees, set back in 1968. 

Even during the day, the record minimum high temperature of 24 at the Airport should have no problem being broken, with a high of only 20 degrees expected. Going forward, we will not even sniff seasonable temperatures until at least the beginning of the 2nd week of January.

Hope you all have a fun, safe (and warm) New Years! Personally, 2017 was the most eventful year of my life, especially the second half. After years of talk, I finally visited the country and village where my mom and grandparents came from in Italy. In fact, it was during Italy that Kris Worrell and I first interviewed over the phone (..that was a first). Then, the exciting news came that I be the next Meteorologist at The Press. It has been a dream I have wanted to do my whole life and am thankful for the opportunity. Sad news then followed just as soon as I started. Two of my grandparents passed away within a month of each other. Needless to say 2017 has had its share of everything.

At the end of the day, though, being here has been nothing but a pleasure. As we go into 2018, we have goals, both big and small, to continue making this the place for weather in South Jersey. The behind the scenes work to a complete overhaul to The Press’ Weather Center has been done. Plus, we make small improvements every day.

Of course, feel free to shoot me an e-mail, DM me on Facebook and Twitter or give me a call if you have any suggestions. I would love to hear them.

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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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