NWS: Chance of snow, rain after high temps

An unusually warm weekend for April will quickly turn cold at the beginning of the week with chances of snow by Tuesday.

Friday’s temperatures reached over 80 degrees in the city and could reach as high as the low 70s today, according to Greg DeVoir, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. But with showers on Sunday, the county could cool back down again for snow.

“We are obviously starting pretty warm,” DeVoir said. “The degree of warming, 50s to near 80 in a day or two is pretty unusual, but for spring its not that unusual. March and April can feature any change of weather.”

The spring months can very so much that the highest recorded temperature for Friday was 87 in 1977 and the lowest recorded temperature was 22 in 1926, according to DeVoir.

“It takes a while for the sun to work on that cold so you get these little pockets,” he said.

A storm system moving south from the New York border will bring moist air in by early Sunday, said DeVoir. That cold movement of air will also make rain showers close to 100 percent likely by Sunday evening.

Throughout Monday there will be chances of rain showers with blustery winds. As the day cools further into the evening, there is a chance of a mix of rain and snow and possibly graupel, also known as soft hail, on Tuesday.

“People usually think its hail but they are small balls of snow that froze on multiple trips into the cloud,” Devoir said.

Next week could get as cold as the 40s on Tuesday but look to be warming up back to the 50s by Wednesday.