Joe Martucci

Joe Martucci, meteorologist for The Press of Atlantic City.

Borrowing a page from March's book, January came in like a lion with frigid, record breaking cold temperatures. Now, as we end the month, high pressure and sunshine will take our first month of 2018 out like a lamb. 

Temperatures bottomed out in the mid-teens across much of South Jersey on Wednesday morning. Patches of black ice are still present on the roads and walkways, so be careful traveling this morning. A high of 33 degrees is chilly, but with full sunshine expected, it will not feel all that cold.

Southwest winds will then warm us up all Thursday night. Our low temperature of 30 should happen during the evening. By daybreak on Thursday, we will be in the upper 30s and a high of 50 will be had during the afternoon.

Our attention then turns toward a cold front on Thursday night into Friday. Rain showers start right after the Thursday PM commute. A transition to snow is expected at the tail end of the event Friday morning, but accumulations will be light. I am forecast a coating to an inch of snow, but mainly on grassy surfaces.

Of bigger concern will be Sunday PM into Monday. At the least, a rain storm will try (but hopefully not fail) to put a damper on our Super Bowl plans. A rain to wintry mix or snow is well within the cards though. We will hone in on the solution Friday morning. 

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