•HVW has issued a Static Shock Advisory, be cautious when coming in contact with metal objects, but if you wanna shock a loved one wool socks dragged on carpet work well
•Snow breaks out from West to East between 6AM-10AM, followed by a lull, snow associated with the clipper arrived by early afternoon.
•Snow accumulations of 1-3 inches in the valley locations with some locally higher amounts possible, 3-6 inches in the Catskills, with locally higher amounts possible
•Snow of light intensity will fall for a good portion of the day before tapering off Saturday late afternoon or evening
•Winds will gradually increase overnight into tomorrow, this will lead to blowing snow and very low wind-chills
•Cold temps will allow snow to accumulate quickly on all surfaces, slick travel is likely across the region
•Sunday night into Monday another clipper will bring light snow across the region, due to limited moisture accumulations will be light
•No relief from the cold temps will come next week, temps are expected to continue below normal (See five day forecast for details)
•Eyes turn to the first to the first few days of February for the potential to turn stormy
Not many changes to the forecast from yesterday, a light snow is expected across the lower elevation and some terrain enhancement will help produce a moderate snow fall across parts of the Catskills. After we get through a second light snowfall on Sunday night into Monday, we will have a mostly dry and cold week. As we look ahead into the early part of February, it appears we may see a small moderation in temps, but they may come at a snowy cost as well, so this time period will need to be monitored.
Tomorrow we will take a long range look at what the weather may be for the Super Bowl, as there has been requests for a game day forecast. Was lucky enough to spend a good part of the day climbing Eagle Mountain, which is one of 35 peaks in the Catskills above 3500 feet. Besides getting to listen to two owls communicate with each other from across the forest, being able to soak in the beautiful views of frost encrusted spruce and fir trees, I also got to see one of my favorite winter sights: needle ice. Basically water is forced to the surface of the soil through capillary action, and as this moisture comes in contact with air temps below 32 degrees, it freezes.This process is repeated and eventually grows tiny pillars of ice from the ground that can even push up the soil as they grow. The first time I saw this, I was hiking in the Catskills. I did not know what it was called, or what made it occur. So after a bit of research, I was able to find the name and the cause of this neat process. I thought I would share: