– 11:15pm Storm Update –
Yes… it’s ANOTHER storm update, as the snow continues to fall across many parts of the Hudson Valley. Looking at the radar, you wouldn’t know it, however… as the precipitation is so light, that the radar doesn’t pick it up. Expect the areas of light snow showers to continue to diminish in the next hour or two… leaving us with cloudy skies and a few snow flurries thru the overnight hours.
The real concern overnight, is areas of black ice on the roadways. The sun was our friend all day… melting the snow as it came in contact with paved surfaces. However, when the sun set tonight… we lost the benefit of it’s snow melting power. Any moisture on untreated pavement, will refreeze, causing black ice. Add to that, the light snow showers are sticking to the road… increasing the travel hazards tonight. Please use extra caution if you’re out tonight, or early on Saturday. When the sun rises on Saturday, the hazards will quickly diminish… but until then, there could be some very slick spots… so take it slow.
At my house (1 mile north of Pine Bush), light snow continues to fall and we’ve got about 3.5″ of snow on the ground. Reports across the area are generally 1 to 4 inches, depending on where you live in the Hudson Valley. The lower totals are to the north… with increasing totals as you head south. Thanks so much for tracking this crazy spring storm with us. Have a great night, and a wonderful start to your Saturday!
– 5:00pm Storm Update –
The back edge of the snow is rapidly collapsing on the Hudson Valley at this hour. Computer model data has the snow tapering off a bit earlier than originally expected… between 5pm and 8pm from west to east. Scattered snow showers and flurries will be possible thru the evening hours… but the accumulating snow should be over shortly.
Snowfall reports of a general 1 to 3 inches have come in so far from our fan reports. This storm fought dry air all morning long, and because the storm track was well to our south… when the snow finally started reaching the ground, there really wasn’t all that much moisture to work with. The result, is that snowfall totals will struggle to meet the low end of each forecasted range. Something we don’t expect many fans will complain about.
Another piece of good news, is that with a few exceptions, the snow did not accumulate on roadways. The mid March sun angle came to the rescue, and at least helped minimize the travel dangers.
Be on guard however… when the sun sets, we’ll lose those solar rays, and the wet roads could freeze up if untreated. This could become quite a big problem in some areas… so even though the snow will be tapering off in the next few hours, please continue to exercise caution thru the evening… as wet roads could develop areas of black ice, since temperatures continue to be below freezing across the entire Hudson Valley.
We’ll try and have another update in a few hours… but we will see this storm wind down over the next few hours. Be safe, take it slow… have have a wonderful Friday evening, Hudson Valley! Thank you so much for all the great reports and observations… you guys rule!
– 2:30pm Storm Update –
Snow has overspread the entire Hudson Valley at this hour. Most of the area is seeing light snow, but areas of moderate snow are beginning to work their way into the HV. We’re watching an area of moderate to heavy snow (circled in white), that is about to enter the southern half of the region. Snowfall rates could briefly be as high as 1″ per hour… and visibilities could be significantly reduced.
Snow is accumulating on unpaved surfaces, but based on your awesome condition reports, most roadways remain wet… and not white. The high sun angle is working hard for us this afternoon, helping to melt the snow as it lands on the roadways. During bands of moderate to heavy snow, it’s possible that wet roads could glaze over and become snow covered… and in those areas, travel could quickly become treacherous. So if you’re driving and the roads are just wet… be advised that conditions could change quickly depending on the rate of snow and temperature.
For the remainder of the afternoon… expect the snow to continue into the PM commute. Snow could fall moderate to heavy for a time. Travel looks “ok” at the moment… but those conditions could change, so please use extra caution this afternoon.
No changes to the snowfall accumulations… but we do expect that most of us will be on the lower end of the forecast ranges (Final Storm Forecast Link). Another update in a few hours… be safe out there Hudson Valley!
– 11:30am Storm Update –
The snow is now on our doorstep, as reports of snow are now all the way to the NY/PA border. Expect the snow to begin falling across the Hudson Valley any time between now and 1pm on average. Once the snow begins to fall, it will quickly become steady, so be sure to prepare for that.
Snow will fall steadily thru the afternoon, and could be heavy at times for a while… especially near and south of I-84. The snow will begin to taper off from west to east between 6pm and 10pm. No changes to the forecast at this time… we’re still expecting 2 to 5 inches of snow accumulation on average.
With that said, there will be a fairly wide range regarding the snowfall totals. Areas north of Kingston may only see an inch or two… while areas near I-287 could approach 6 inches in places. This is a result of a storm system that is tracking well to our south… placing the Hudson Valley on the northern edge of the storm.
In terms of travel conditions… those too… will be variable. The mid/late March sun provides us with a lot more solar energy this time of year, and that helps to warm paved surfaces quite well. That makes it very difficult for snow to accumulate during daylight hours in the month of March. So even with temps at or below freezing… roadways ‘might’ be just wet. Where the snow falls moderate to heavy, the snow will fall faster than it can melt, and eventually coat the roadways, in spite of the March sun… so travel conditions will vary significantly by location, depending on the snow rates.
It is wise to be conservative with regard to travel conditions, so please plan for snow covered and icy roads this afternoon, and maybe some of us will be pleasantly surprised.
We’ll have additional updates this afternoon… please use appropriate caution out there this afternoon. Be safe, and have a good afternoon, HV….