Friday: Morning snow showers, followed by a mix of clouds and sun… along with scattered flurries and breezy conditions. High in the upper 20s to low 30s. West wind increasing to 10 to 15mph, with gusts over 30mph. Total snow accumulation of a dusting to 2 inches.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, breezy and bitter cold. Low around 10.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, bitter and breezy. High in the low 20s. West wind at 5 to 10mph. Wind Chills in the single digits.
Incredible how fast the weather can change, isn’t it? We spent the first several days of January well above average. And now… well, we can barely break into the 20s. Thursday’s high in Poughkeepsie was 22°, but most of the day was spent in the teens. The day as a whole was 11.5 degrees below average… and the wind chills were nothing short of brutal.
Friday starts out with some light snow… actually, a burst of snow is likely right around the morning commute. We’re potentially looking at some tricky travel conditions, so you’ll want to take it slow and allow extra time… as many people may be caught off guard by a quick burst of a dusting to 2 inches of snow.
Behind the band of snow, the winds will pick up… and a blustery afternoon awaits us. Winds out of the west will gust over 30mph, and that will give us wind chills in the low teens, not to mention blowing all the snow around from earlier in the day. So be prepared for another fairly ugly day.
It only gets worse from there, as temperatures likely plunge into the single digits Friday night, and struggle to reach 20 on Saturday. We’ve got the complete forecast details in the HVW 5 Day Forecast, so please check there for more information.
Billy’s Long Range Banter
It’s very late… but I could not sign off without bringing a glimmer of hope to the snow lovers out there. There are a couple events beginning to show up on the models, that may turn a few heads.
The first is a weak event on Monday… as the flow shifts out of the southwest, and warmer moist air begins to over run the cold air at the surface. It could generate a period of light to moderate snow (possibly mixed with sleet and rain f0r a time), that could give us a couple inches of snow.
The bigger threat exists for next Thursday… a full week away. So that alone should shout “a lot can change”. But it’s been so quiet in the storm department… it’s worth taking a look at. Here are the scenarios, with the European model (not shown) hinting at the potential for a good ol’ fashioned snow storm.
Holy cow it’s late… but I couldn’t resist. I told Alex I was going to bed an hour ago. Oops. Have a great day, and safe travel in the morning on Friday.