We’ve been on a temperature rollercoaster of late. Friday we’ll be at the bottom of the hill once again.
A northeasterly flow has tried it’s best to filter some cold air into the Hudson Valley. Eastern Columbia County was even placed under a frost advisory last night. But after a cool start with temperatures in the low 40s for most areas, we’ll see temperatures struggle into the low 60s on Friday. Adding to the temperature struggle, will be persistent clouds near and south of I-84. The Hudson Valley will be right on the border between the persistent disturbance from Wednesday, that provided areas of clouds and drizzle… and the cooler, Canadian air mass that tried to push in from the northeast. So the further north you go on Friday, the better chance you’ll have for sunshine… while the clouds will be more widespread further south.
As we look to the weekend, the winds will shift out of the south once again on Saturday, and that will pull temperatures back into the low 70s for highs. Unfortunately, the flow off the ocean will likely pull a lot of cloudiness… and even some patchy drizzle, into the Hudson Valley. So clouds will fight to mix with sunshine on Saturday… not the nicest of days, but not a washout either. Anyone with outdoor plans may have to dodge a stray shower… otherwise, you should be fine.
Sunday could be a final taste of summer, if everything breaks our way. A strong SW flow will pull warm air into the Hudson Valley. That should mean highs in the mid to upper 70s across the region. How much sunshine we see, remains the question… as the moist southerly flow could allow a good bit of cloudiness. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be racing toward the Hudson Valley late on Sunday, likely arriving between 3pm and 9pm from west to east. The timing will need to be fine tuned as we get closer.
Finally… the passage of the cold front associated with those showers and storms… will mean the coldest air of the season entering the Hudson Valley. As of Thursday night… it appears likely that the growing season will officially come to an end. Widespread frost and freeze are possible Monday night.
It’s about 4 days away, so these temperatures could moderate a bit. But even if it’s 3 to 5 degrees warmer than this, it’s still a widespread frost situation for the Hudson Valley. If these temperatures are correct, we’d have a widespread frost with many areas seeing a hard freeze. So with a decent margin for error… any of our local growers should take note of this situation. We’ll update on it through the weekend, as we get a better idea of the temperatures.
Have a great Friday!