Colder temperatures have arrived and they’re sticking around for a while

Posted Wednesday AM, May 5, 2021

IMPROVING WEATHER TODAY: Light showers and drizzle will continue to push east of the region through the morning. By the look of the morning radar, precipitation locally should be out of the area around lunchtime. Our weather here in the Valley will gradually improve through the afternoon as clouds thin out and allow for some sunshine to peek through later today.

Dryer and colder air will move in behind the morning’s showers. It’ll turn breezy with a northwest wind around 10 mph with gusts around 20. Temperatures today will remain on the chilly side for early May. The little bit of sun we see now and then isn’t going to do us much good. Daytime highs today will only reach the 53°/55° range. Normal highs for today’s date are around 70°.

As clouds continue to thin out overnight, temperatures will turn quite chilly. Some of our area’s cold spots and valleys COULD see light frost develop early Thursday morning. I’m not expecting widespread frost but if you live in one of those cold spots, it might be best to take precautions. Otherwise, expect early morning temperatures around 36°/37°.

NWS EARLY THURSDAY low temperatures

[GARDEN TIP: When it comes to weather, temperature readings and forecasts are based on temperatures at 2-meters (or, about 6-feet) above the surface. Temperatures closer to the ground can be a degree or three colder. Keep this in mind when you see temperature forecasts for nighttime lows now that you have plants started.]

Yesterday it was 72° in New Phila. We probably won’t see temperatures that warm for a while. The next ten days will feature colder than normal temperatures and plenty of opportunities for showers.

TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK from the NWS National Blend of Models

Thursday starts out looking great. The morning will be chilly but we’ll at least have plenty of sunshine. However, clouds will thicken up during the afternoon and we will see likely showers return Thursday night as an upper-level trough moves into the region.

GFS MODEL foe early Friday morning

The rain probably won’t be steady but showers will hang around through the day on Friday with low pressure moving through the region. Chances for rain will taper off and end Friday night before we finally see a dry break on Saturday. Daytime highs Thursday should be in the low-60s but we’ll only get to the upper-50s again on Friday.

Saturday looks like the best day of the weekend to get any outdoor work done. We will stay dry and mostly sunny. You probably won’t work up much of a sweat, though. Temperatures will only top out in the upper-50s.

It isn’t looking good for Mother’s Day. The next low pressure system will likely bring showers back to the area on Sunday.

GFS MODEL Sunday afternoon

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