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Weather: Cold gusts to 40 mph chill Black Friday, how will the weekend look?
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Weather: Cold gusts to 40 mph chill Black Friday, how will the weekend look?

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Cold Winds Friday

Rain showers will continue into Friday morning. If you’re headed to the Black Friday sales, wear a rain jacket. If you’ll be out all day long, make sure that jacket is insulated. Showers will end between 8 and 10 a.m., bringing 0.10 to 0.25 inches of rain. After that, a cold front will cut through the area and we’ll get chilly as northwest winds pick up.

The holiday lights of Smithville shine bright in the clear night sky as the season gets underway. Smithville is a destination for day-trippers, where the numerous boutique shops, restaurants and holiday light show bring people back year after year.

Temperatures will be in the mid-40s at sunrise and down to the upper 30s come the near 4:30 p.m. sunset. Wind gusts will be 35 to 40 mph. That will put wind chills below freezing for most of the afternoon. So, you’ll want to bundle up.

You’ll also likely notice your SUV or van swaying on the highway a bit.

Winds will stay gusty Friday night. Wind chills will fall into the 20s as the night goes on, with a few teens well inland. Despite these wind chills, overnight lows will be in the upper 20s inland to around 32 degrees at the coast. That’s only slightly below average, showing the power of the winds.


Forecast wind chills for Friday, according to the Global Forecast System (GFS, American) model. Note how wind chills drop throughout the day. 


Forecast wind gusts for Saturday into Saturday night, according to the North American Model (NAM). Gusts will be from the northwest. 

Saturday will be breezy, though not as windy as Friday. Sustained winds will be around 15 mph, with gusts 30 to 35 mph. The core of the cold air will be in place. High will be in the mid-40s, about 10 degrees below average. The last Rutgers football game of the season is Saturday. If you’re going (I’ll be there), wear multiple layers, a hat and gloves. Wind chills will be around freezing most of the day.

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Saturday night will finally have light winds, under a partly cloudy sky. The evening will be in the 30s. We will then slide into the upper 20s in Stafford Township and the inland towns. Shore lows will be around 32 degrees.

Sunday will see high clouds in the morning, thickening as the day goes on ahead of an Alberta Clipper, a cold, fast-moving low-pressure system.

A sprinkle is possible during the afternoon, but holiday shopping will be fine. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s, still staying on the cool side.

Sunday night will be cloudy. Your evening will be dry outside of a sprinkle. The main event will start between 2 and 4 a.m., ending 8 to 10 a.m. Rain will be scattered and fairly light, not a huge deal.


The forecast radar for late Sunday into Monday, according to the GFS model. 

However, snow could mix in at any point. It won’t accumulate, but it’ll be enough for a conversation starter Monday.

The sun should come out when the shower potential stops. However, clouds will build back in during the afternoon and additional showers are possible during the afternoon. That said, most, if not all, of your day will be dry.

Contact Joe Martucci:


Twitter @acpressmartucci


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