The winter feel has certainly returned to South Jersey over the past few days. Seasonably cold temperatures climb to around 40 each day and drop below freezing at night. It doesn’t sound like a difficult feat to attain at the end of January, but that wintry feel took a more than two-week hiatus, leaving us to reap the benefits of an extended thaw.
Now that the wintry feel is back, the next logical question is whether it will look like winter anytime soon. Snow is physically possible now that the colder air to support it has settled in for an extended stay. The cold is half the equation, a storm is the other half, and for at least the next week, we should remain free of any sizable storms that would bring disruptive winter weather to South Jersey.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t snow over the next seven days, as there will be a few weaker weather disturbances capable of sending some conversational snowflakes our way. The best opportunity for a ground-whitening period of light snow will come late Sunday night into early Monday morning. I could see a dusting to an inch, at most two, resulting from some light snow that will brush South Jersey as a weak low pressure remains well offshore to our southeast. While not much, the timing of the snow has it coinciding with the Monday morning commute, which could mean some slick travel as you start the new work and school week.
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Another weak low pressure passes by to our north Tuesday into Wednesday, and the best chances for light snow will likewise remain to our north, although a few flurries could sneak their way down here. A third disturbance well to our south Friday could also produce a few flakes, but my thinking is that it may be too far south to impact our weather.
Other than these opportunities for nuisance snows, it’s a largely quiet forecast with partly sunny skies, brisk breezes and a continuation of those seasonably cold temperatures. That bigger storm potential around Feb. 6 still looks valid, though any details are still days away.