A cold front—nay an Arctic front—passed through the city this morning. Not surprisingly, cooler, drier air quickly followed, with both the temperature and dew point beginning a monotonic downward slide that probably won't stop until early tomorrow morning. Today's high was probably 44 degrees and we will likely be below freezing by early evening. With a brisk wind out of the northwest it will feel much cooler than that. At some point this afternoon it should be dry enough for the sun to come out.
The overnight low tonight will be near 20 degrees in the city, falling off into the teens, and maybe even single digits in inland locations. Tomorrow's high will only reach the mid 30s and we will still see gusty winds. It is going to be kind of brisk standing in Times Square on New Year's Eve. The temperature at midnight tomorrow will be in the upper 20s with the wind chill expected to be in the teens.
The new year will start on a cold note thanks to an Alberta Clipper that will pass well to our north. Wednesday's high should only reach 30 degrees. A coastal storm is likely to affect us toward the end of the week but, as the Weather Service discussion says, "predictability issues still exist". For now let's just say some sort of rain/snow/sleet/freezing rain fun times are likely on Thursday which will almost certainly be followed by a very cold Friday.