The warm front clearly did NOT make it north of the Philadelphia area, as had been previously predicted by the GFS. It’s in the 40s. The short range models got this one correct yesterday. Not a surprise; the new GFS has been biased to the warm side.
Today’s GFS has caught up with short range models. Here’s the latest GFS below. We don’t get out of the 40s north of the city.
Speaking of temperatures, here’s the latest NBM (National Blend of Models) forecast for New Years Eve- Midnight. Clear skies. Winds 7-9 mph.
Update Sun 12 PM: So, the current radar shows precipitation moving in sooner than any models had predicted. Rain may start as early as 1 PM.
Most of last night’s models continue with the idea that rain begins in the general Philadelphia area around 3-4 PM today, Sunday. A remaining exception is the high resolution Canadian (HRDPS) which waits until 7 PM for the rain to start.
Rain may be heavy overnight and into Monday morning, then more light and scattered.
A warm front will try to make its way into Philadelphia and areas on a line to its south on Monday morning. If it does, temps will rise into the low 60s.
However, only the GFS has it making its way as far north as Willow Grove. The NAM, NAMNEST and the Canadian HRDPS, GDPS keep it further south. Areas that remain north of the warm front will remain in the low 50s. (Warm fronts are not as distinct as cold fronts.) So it may not get as warm as previously though on Monday.
Most models have a cold front moving through about 2-3 PM, dropping temperatures.
Update Fri 11 PM: Tonight’s NAM and GFS have moved the rain start time to 3- 6 PM on Sunday.
An upper air ridge will continue to bring us mild temperatures. The upper ridge will break down as low pressure approaches and moves up through the Great Lakes from Sunday into Monday. A secondary coastal low will develop on Monday
Saturday will be sunny in the morning, but throughout the day, high cirrus clouds will increase in sky coverage. High 54. Light winds.
Low pressure will gradually affect our weather on Sunday. Sunday will be cloudy and increasingly windy. As discussed in previous posts, rain should hold off until late afternoon and evening. (5-7 PM). High 52.
The rain should become heavy late Sunday night and continue into Monday. Monday was expected to be very warm with temps near 60º, but the models are suggesting a coastal low formation which may bring winds in from the northeast, lowering the high temperatures.