POLARPLUNGE

On New Year’s Day 2011, Rick Veneri, of Atlantic City, blows his horn as he gets ready to run into the ocean in front of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City to ring in the new year with the annual Polar Bear plunge. Saturday, January 01 2011. (The Press of Atlantic City/Anthony Smedile)

Even though 2017 had a bitter end in temperature, I hope your New Year’s Eve was warm.

Frigid, even record-breaking, cold will take us through Monday. Gusty New Year’s Eve winds carry into the day. With this brisk north wind, we will struggle to rise above 20 degrees, even with plentiful sunshine. Wind chills will be 0 to 10 degrees.

Last week, a few towns canceled their annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunges. However, Atlantic City’s is still on. If you are going, water temperatures will be in the upper 30s.

While you will need the polar-bear mentality to jump in, a few seconds or even a couple of minutes in the ocean are OK for your body. More at issue is standing outside for long periods in your swimwear. Frostbite can occur in about 30 minutes at Monday’s temperatures. That would not be a good way to start 2018.

Tuesday will be much like Monday. It will be sunny and cold, though the winds will be light. If your kids are going back to school, this will be their coldest morning so far, since they were off last week. Wrap in layers and keep the hands and feet warm.

Wednesday will bring a brief respite from the bitter chill. You may even think it is balmy with a high of 32 degrees. Do not be fooled, though, this is still 10 degrees below average.

Thursday’s system (or lack thereof) is still brewing. The pieces will start to come together Tuesday. Follow along online for the latest updates.

A big system will brew in the Bahamas, but the track from there determines our impacts.

Following this, strong northwest winds move in yet again. This is another punch of arctic air. Highs will be around 20 on Friday and Saturday, with lows 5 to 10 degrees. Record lows will be likely to end the week, just like how we are beginning the week.

Also, note the snow tracker section. Atlantic City International Airport recorded 4.8 inches of snow Saturday. With 10 inches total on the season, it is the sixth snowiest start to winter.

Meteorologist

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.