Starting on Wednesday night, a strong trough moved into the region, marking the beginning of a winter-like pattern in spring, with temperatures generally near to below average persisting through the end of the month and potentially into April. With the pattern in place, additional storminess is expected, including Tuesday and potentially next weekend, and the region will see more snowstorms before the winter ends, potentially in the NYC area as well.
Thursday, 3/14 Observations:
A cold air mass moved into the region on Thursday, bringing an end to the temporary warm-up as a cold pattern began to develop. Temperatures were colder than average across the entire area, in some cases 10 degrees colder than average, with highs peaking in the low 40s in NYC and northern NJ and the upper 30s for the rest of the area. Central Park peaked at 41 degrees, 8 degrees colder than the average high of 49. Breezy NW winds of 15-30 mph were observed, with gusts up to 30-40 mph.
Friday, 3/15 Observations:
The cold air mass from Thursday night moderated slightly on Friday with slightly warmer temperatures but still remaining slightly colder than average for most. Highs peaked in the low to mid 40s in the northern half of the area and eastern Long Island, and the mid to upper 40s for the southern half of the area. A breezy W to NW wind was observed, with gusts up to 20-30 mph.