Weekend Outlook

We did it! We made it to 50° on Long Island today. In some spots anyway…

After a sunny and milder day tomorrow, it’s weekend time.
As a wise quiz show host once said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

As high pressure moves off the mid-Atlantic coast late Friday, two shortwaves troughs will approach from the west. One shortwave moves across the area Friday night ahead of a more potent wave associated with an approaching cold front during the day Saturday. Fortunately for us, these disturbances fail to phase together until they move offshore, meaning any precipitation will be rather scattered and brief. The time frame for this is during the first half of the day Saturday. Temperatures will be warm enough for the precipitation to be all liquid.

Skies in the afternoon should me mostly cloudy with breaks of sun, especially towards sunset. Temperatures will be seasonable, around 60°. Heading into Saturday evening, it will begin to turn blustery behind the departing front as high pressure builds from the west. This will be a scenario much like what just occurred Wednesday night into Thursday. While skies will be mostly bright on Sunday, temperatures will return to well below normal, with gusty winds. High temperatures in the 40s to near 50 during the afternoon (feeling colder with the wind) and overnight lows in the 30s by Monday morning.

Weekend weather grade: B-

Sufficient for most outdoor activities.
Saturday: 30% chance or a shower.
Sunday: Windy and chilly!

-Meteorologist Geoff Bansen