N.J. weather forecast: Mild weekend snowstorm will hit south N.J.

Friday, 17 February 2012 10:20
weather021712_optBY STEVEN DiMARTINO

A foggy and damp start to the last day of the work week will give way to mild and comfortable conditions by this afternoon. Once the fog and low clouds lift by late this morning, scattered cloud cover and temperatures rising into the mid 40's to lower 50's can be expected. Pleasant conditions can be expected into the evening hours as temperatures fall back into the mid 20's to lower 30's for overnight lows.

High pressure will remain in control through tomorrow and into Sunday morning with scattered clouds cover and mild temperatures. Temperatures will range from the upper 20's to mid 30's for lows and mid 40's to lower 50's for highs. Clouds will increase by Sunday afternoon as a storm currently organizing over the western Gulf Coast moves towards the southern Mid Atlantic coast.

The storm on Sunday evening into Monday morning will track well south of the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In fact, aside from some windy conditions on Sunday night into Monday morning, the New York City metropolitan area, Connecticut, the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania will have little to no impacts from this storm.

However, for portions of southeastern Pennsylvania and central/southern New Jersey, this low pressure system will produce periods of rain on Sunday evening which will gradually change over to snow. Snowfall accumulations of one to four inches, mostly on lawns and cold surfaces, can be expected with the best potential for accumulating snowfall located to the south of Philadelphia. There is a chance that the storm will track far enough south that even the Philadelphia metropolitan area will miss out on accumulating snowfall. Temperatures will range from the upper 30's to mid 40's for highs on Sunday and fall into the mid to upper 20's for lows on Monday morning.

This storm will exit quickly on Monday morning with clearing skies yet windy conditions expected. High pressure will be in control through Tuesday with scattered cloud cover. An area of low pressure will bring the threat for rainfall on Wednesday followed by clearing skies on Thursday. Temperatures will remain mild through the period with lows in the mid 20's to mid 30's and highs in the mid 40's to mid 50's.