By: Richard L. Smith
As we open the morning to Groundhog Day in the Newark and North Jersey region, residents are experiencing a wet start with rain across various parts. According to The National Weather Service, the central and southern parts of the state are also seeing their fair share of rainfall.
Although the winds are currently light, they are expected to pick up, bringing breezier conditions later in the afternoon.
For Friday, there's a 40 percent chance of rain lingering until 1 p.m.
NWS forecasters said the day will be mostly cloudy, with temperatures peaking near 44 degrees.
The light and variable winds in the morning are set to shift north, increasing to speeds of 6 to 11 mph.
As night falls, the region can expect partly cloudy skies with a low of around 31 degrees. The wind chill factor will make it feel colder, with values between 25 and 30 degrees.
This weather serves as a reminder of the transitional nature of early February, with the anticipation of spring just on the horizon.