A rare and out-of-season blast of Arctic air approaching the tri-state area brought record cold, along with some snow, to some spots ahead of Mother's Day.
Temperatures dropped through the evening Friday after afternoon highs peaked in the mid-50. Light yet steady rain moved into the region late in the afternoon and continued into the overnight hours. By 6:30 a.m. Saturday, it was the coldest May morning since 1978. In Central Park, the low of 34 degrees broke a record for May 9 that had stood since 1947.
By the afternoon, parts of the area recorded light snowfall, but not enough to collect significant accumulation.
By Mother's Day, the relatively frigid pattern settles down and it's expected to be beautiful with below-average highs near 60 while the winds move out. Temperatures rebound slightly into the mid-60s through the better part of next week, and may reach the mid to upper 70s by next weekend.