Winter could be windy again after a weekend of 60 degrees. Latest forecasts.

Winter could be windy again after a weekend of 60 degrees.  Latest forecasts.

New Jersey could get a taste of early spring by the end of this week, as temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 50s and reach the low 60s on Saturday. But meteorologists say it is still too early to bid farewell to winter, with colder air and the possibility of snow returning next week.

“The big shift in weather across the Midwest and Northeast will be caused by cold air flowing south from Canada and storm surge emerging from the Rocky Mountains,” AccuWeather meteorologists say.

The end result will be a return of cold temperatures to New Jersey and other eastern states next week, with snow chances increasing as storms develop, AccuWeather and other forecasters say.

Forecasters say warm temperatures will feel like early spring this weekend, but the cold weather pattern will return next week — with snow possible.

Some forecasters, incl Steven DiMartinoThe head of a weather forecasting company in New York, New Jersey, says they are closely monitoring a potential storm system that could reach New Jersey early next week.

At this point, computer guidance models are making different forecasts — some favoring warm temperatures and all precipitation, others favoring cold temperatures and snow, DiMartino said in a forecast video Tuesday morning.

“There’s going to be a lot of changes early next week, so I’m warning you now… there’s a high degree of volatility and uncertainty during that time period in terms of impacts,” DiMartino said.

DiMartino said the low pressure system may move from the central Plains into the Great Lakes region before moving across Pennsylvania into New Jersey on Monday.

But depending on how strong the system is and whether there’s enough time for cold air to descend from the north when the storm arrives, the Garden State could end up with normal rain or snow late Monday into early Tuesday.

“This is definitely something to pay attention to,” he said, noting that it is too early for meteorologists to have a good understanding of the type and amount of precipitation.

Forecasters from the Climate Prediction Center say the New Jersey area will likely see cooler-than-average temperatures in mid-February after several days of warm temperatures.

AccuWeather, based in State College, Pennsylvania, is among several private forecasting companies that have predicted a major change in the weather pattern by mid-February. Cooler air and increased snow chances are expected in eastern states during the second half of the month and continuing into early March, according to AccuWeather.

“Word to the wise, enjoy the next 10 days or so, because some cold, wintry weather will likely return to the eastern U.S. before and even after Valentine’s Day in the second half of February,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeFore said.

“The window of opportunity for snowstorms in the east will remain open through the first half of March, providing a chance for snowfall and providing a nice boost to ski resorts across the region,” AccuWeather said in its spring 2024 forecast, released last week. . “After that, the weather pattern will reverse and the threat of snow will diminish significantly across much of the East Coast.”

If you like snow, “it’s a good pattern for New Jersey,” Kyle Leahy, a meteorologist at WeatherWorks, a private forecasting company based in Warren County, told NJ Advance Media last week.

“There are actually a lot of things at play at the same time,” Leahy noted. “Even though we still have a few weeks to go, I think there is definitely higher than normal confidence for this (cold weather pattern) to occur.”

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Lynn Melisurgo It can be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com Or on X in @LensReality.

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