Cold Weather Ice Pipes

Bundled up pedestrians cross Atlantic Ave at Missouri Ave in Atlantic City, as bitter cold temperatures are felt across the region. According to Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans, the Atlantic City Fire Department will be busy answering calls for broken water pipes during the recent stretch of bitter cold weather gripping the area. Tuesday Jan 1, 2017. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)

Our couple of bitterly cold days will end Tuesday.

A midweek warmup will then arrive, keeping our forecast wet, not white, Wednesday night into Thursday.

But it will be another bone-chilling morning across the Northeast on Tuesday morning.

While the wind diminished overnight with the arrival of the high pressure center, the clear sky, coupled with the light winds, created a radiational cooling effect. This meant temperatures were free to fall quickly and deeply.

The mainland will only be in the low teens. The shores will again be in the midteens. Both will be about 15 degrees below average for this time of year.

The sun will do its job during the day, coupled with some upper-level riding (which allows air to sink, warming up surface temperatures). Highs will be around freezing. So, better for those who don’t like the cold but still a little way to go.

A mainly clear night will be the case Tuesday. Temperatures do not drop as quickly, as southwest winds kick in. Lows bottom out generally between 20-25 degrees during the evening. Then, they will rise to around 32 by sunrise. Winter jackets and an extra layer will do.

High pressure will shift offshore Wednesday. That will continue to bring in southwest winds, which turn breezy for the afternoon.

Expect dry weather during the day. It will be fairly pleasant, with highs in the low 50s. Filtered sunshine will cast over the sky. The rain will finally push through at night, beginning between 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Temperatures rise overnight and top out of 55-60 degrees early on Thursday morning. The heaviest rain should be at night as well. Pockets of roadway flooding will occur.

Rain will then end Thursday afternoon (notice the theme?) as temperatures fall It will not be a drastic crash, and no flash freeze is likely. By sunset, temperatures will only be in the 30s. Expect some afternoon sun.

Friday will then be another quiet end to the week. Temperatures will be around seasonable, and it will be mostly sunny under a northwest wind. The colder day will be on Saturday, with a partly sunny sky. 

We will then monitor a system Sunday into Monday. We’ll know what this consists of in Thursday’s edition of The Press.


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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