After a seasonably chilly start across the Hudson Valley on Saturday, we’ll see sunshine filtered through a good bit of fair weather cloudiness.
Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine for our Saturday. Our wind won’t be much of a factor at all in today’s weather, which is a nice change of pace. We do have a chilly air mass in place over the Hudson Valley, so you’re going to want you coat for any outside activities. But it is December now (hard to believe)… and the average high in Poughkeepsie for this time of year is right around where we should be today. So by early December standards, we’ve got a pretty nice day lined up… with highs expected in the mid 40s.
Sunday looks pretty nice as well, as we should have clouds mixing with a fair bit of afternoon sunshine. Winds won’t be a factor in Sunday’s weather either, so it might be a pretty good day to do some holiday decorations. Highs on Sunday should push into the upper 40s to around 50°. So we’ll have a nice tranquil start to December.
That won’t last, however. We’ve got big changes on the way, primarily in terms of temperatures. We’re tracking a major pattern shift in the jet stream, and that will take effect later this coming week. We’ve shared this graphic a couple times, but here it is once more. This map shows how the projected temperatures will compare to average, over a 5 day period.
You’ll notice a lot of cold air pushing into the eastern half of the United States. This map is the combination of a 5 day period… so this is some very cold air, and it’s not going to be short lived. Unlike many cold snaps that we saw in November… they came and went fairly quick. This one is going to hit and hold, and be reinforced over and over, by more and more arctic air. We’ve been busy the past few days… but we expect to have a detailed outlook at the coming cold later on Saturday or on Sunday morning. But needless to say, around November 7th, Thursday… we’ll see some MAJOR changes in our weather pattern.
Will that lead to snow? Quite possibly. The chances will surely improve a great deal… as we’ll have an abundance of cold air to work with. But start mentally preparing yourself for days like this…
These are the projected afternoon high temperatures for a little over a week from now. But even before Monday the 11th, we are likely dealing with highs in the mid to upper 30s in the afternoon. So enjoy the 40s to near 50° temperatures while you can. Because the cold is coming. But more on that in a little while….
Have a great Saturday!