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Temps expected to hit 60s, 70s this weekend, but rain also forecast

Jennifer Sprouse • Jan 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM

While many in the region were excited to learn warmer temperatures were on their way for the weekend, the warming trend may dampened a bit with some rain and overcast conditions expected to last until middle of next week.

Sam Roberts, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morristown, said today’s temperatures should range in the upper 60s for highs and in the upper 40s for the lows, but by Saturday conditions should shift to even more unusual temperatures.

“Saturday ... looks to be the warmest day. We’re going to be getting close to that 70-degree mark, but right now I think we’ve got 68 (degrees) forecasted for up there, but definitely 70 (degrees) is possible,” Roberts said. “Sunday as well, we’ve got 70 (degrees) in that area.”

He said that the forecasting of the 70-degree weather is around 20 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Roberts said the warmer temperatures are a result of a very strong ridge in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida that continues to build and gets stronger, which increases our chance of warmer temperatures.

“We don’t typically see ridges this strong this time of year, so that’s why our temperatures are going to be so high above normal,” he said.

But, warmer temperatures don’t always lead to sunny days.

“It looks to be cloudy for the next several days, actually,” Roberts said. “There might be periods where you might get a glimpse of the sun, but for the most part it’s definitely going to be very cloudy and overcast for the next several days. That is going to help keep our overnight lows very warm, too.”

Tonight’s lows are predicted to be in the upper 40s and Saturday in the low 50s.

“The lows are going to be higher than the average high for this time of year. The average for this time of year is 25 degrees,” he said. “The main story is just it’s going to be a very wet period over the next several days. Just overcast, periods of light drizzle on and off and then it looks like by Sunday night, potentially though Tuesday night, that we could potentially be getting some more moderate to potentially heavy rainfall.”

Roberts said a couple tenths of an inch of rain could accumulate through the weekend, but Sunday into next week could see higher amounts with possibly a couple of inches areawide. He said that by middle of next week, the area should begin to dry out.

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