Coastal South Jersey missed out on last month’s snowfall, but it could see its first measurable accumulation of the season late Wednesday.
Forecasters are saying that while the immediate Philadelphia region can hold off the brine and salt, the Shore could get a dusting to an inch or 2 from an upper-level system crossing the area.
They also continue to monitor a virtual threat for a coastal storm late in the weekend or early next week, with the U.S. computer model shooing it offshore, and the Canadian model seeing the storm passing right over Philly.
Regardless of what does or doesn’t fall from the skies, forecasters are calling for a 100 percent certainty of January conditions well into next week with daytime temperatures mostly in the 30s.
The snow chatter comes just as it appeared the region would experience its first completely precipitation-free week since August in what has been an amazingly wet period.
Officially had its wettest Sept. 1-Nov. 30 period — that’s the meteorological autumn — with 21.87 inches of rain, easily clocking the 18.93 of 1999.
In November, Atlantic City International Airport measured 10.59 inches of rain, a record for the month. Philly topped out at 9.03, just 0.03 inches shy of the 1972 record.
It was also quite chilly in Philly: With an average temperature of 43.7, it was the coolest November in 22 years.
The Climate Prediction Center says the pattern that has kept the East cool will flip at some point next week, and its 8- to 14-day outlook favors above-normal temperatures for the region.
It’s updated December outlook also sees odds tilted toward above-normal warmth.
Sometimes, those forecasts are even right.