Has it felt warm to you lately? Unlike most of the year November was warmer than normal. Warm enough to be Central Park's ninth warmest November on record. While more warmth is on tap for today and tomorrow the real weather story is the furious storm that's going to blast the city tonight.
Today will be mostly cloudy with the temperature hanging around the lower to mid 50s. The intense storm is going zip up the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys today and begin affecting the city this evening just in time for the tree lighting. The chance of rain will increase after sunset but the real action will begin after the warm front passes around midnight. Look for high winds, intense rain, and possibly a thunderstorm from about 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow. Thursday's high will be in the mid 60s.
The cold front associated with this storm will take a while to get here because the low will pass a few hundred miles to the west. Friday's sunny high will be in the low 50s. By Saturday the sun will be replaced with a chance of rain changing over to, ahem, snow. Look for a high only in the low 40s. No accumulation is expected.