The nor'easter has departed for now, after dropping 1-2 inches of rain across the region. Central Park led the way with nearly 2.5 inches. The park measured a peak wind gust of 47 miles an hour, a bit below the peak gusts at the airports and way below the 60+ mph winds on the South Fork of Long Island.

With the departure of the storm we are in for a warm and sunny Wednesday. Look for a high near 50 degrees this afternoon. It will also be a bit breezy, as there is still a steep pressure gradient between the arriving high and the departing storm, but the wind will be nothing like what we've seen the past couple of days. A slow-moving cold front will cloud things up tonight and give us a chance of light rain from after midnight until about lunch time on Thursday. Because the front is moving so slowly we will be able to squeeze in another warm day with tomorrow's high again approaching 50.

As the nor'easter moves north of the Canadian Maritimes over the next few days it is going to join forces with the jet stream to produce a deep trough over the eastern half of the continent. That means a return to winter temperatures! The initial cold air will arrive behind tomorrow's frontal passage, with the trough sending in reinforcing shots of winter well into next week. Friday's high is expected to be in the low 40s and we will be closer to typical late-January highs in the upper 30s for the weekend.