Chris Cimino's forecast for Thursday, January 12, 2012
The heavy rain that is thrashing the tri-state and dampened the morning commute is expected to move out early Thursday afternoon, giving way to breaks of sunshine and warm temperatures.
Meteorologists expect highs to climb into the middle-to-upper 50s, which is well above the average of 38 degrees for this time of year.
However, it won't stay warm for long. Another cold front will approach the area Thursday night, bringing a round of rain. Some of the rain will mix with some wet snow flakes north and west of the city later in the evening.
The city may even experience some localized snow flurries Friday morning before skies turn cloudy and the storm system moves out.
Highs are expected to reach the 40s on Friday. Friday also will bring strong winds, forecasters say.
Expect the weekend to feel like a typical winter weekend with highs Saturday in the 30s and in the 20s on Sunday. Expect sunshine and clouds with an occasional flurry. The cold will linger into Monday. Another weather system is expected to bring rain Tuesday with cold air following close behind.
Here's a brief look at your seven-day forecast:
TODAY: Rain ends by noon, clouds part for sunshine later in the afternoon
HIGH: 57 in the city, near 60 in New Jersey
TONIGHT: Rain develops, especially after 10 p.m. Wet flakes enter the mix north and west of the city with little if any accumulation.
FRIDAY: An early flurry, then otherwise mostly cloudy. Expect strong winds, with gusts over 40 mph possible, high of 46.
SATURDAY: Partly sunny and brisk. Chance of flurries at night, high of 37.
SUNDAY: An early flurry, then mostly sunny, high of 27.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny, high of 33.
TUESDAY: Rain likely, high of 45.
WEDNESDAY: Turning colder, blustery, high of 39.