Oh, this is exciting! The trace of snow and sleet (which wasn't sleet) that fell on Monday tied the record, set in 1991, for most snowfall in Central Park on November 8th. The low pressure system responsible for the record-tying snow event is still close enough to produce a few clouds today, especially over Long Island. Any clouds should be gone soon as an upper level ridge is set to park itself over the East Coast for several days.

Ahead of the ridge the city will see clear skies and a couple of days with highs in the lower 50s and lows around 40. By Friday the high pressure will have moved northward and eastward enough to allow warm air to reach the city. Look for mostly clear skies and daily highs in the upper 50s or even lower 60s through the weekend.

Getting back to the sleet that fell on Monday. It wasn't sleet. Nor was it hail, even though lots of people called it hail. Hail requires the intense updrafts of a cumulonimbus cloud for ice crystals to grow large. Sleet is snow that melts as it falls, only to refreeze into solid pellets before hitting the ground. Instead, what fell earlier in the week was graupel aka snow pellets. Graupel forms when supercooled water, water that remains liquid below the freezing point, gloms onto falling ice crystals or snowflakes, forming white pellets that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Unlike sleet, which makes a racket and bounces when it hits the ground, graupel will often burst apart upon impact.