Monday: Partly Cloudy, windy and very cold… with scattered flurries. High in the upper 20s to low 30s. Northwest wind at 10 to 15mph, gusts over 25mph. Wind Chills in the teens.
Monday Night: Increasing clouds and diminishing wind… cold. Low in the mid 10s.
Tuesday: Cloudy with periods of light snow… very cold. High in the mid 20s. Snow Accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
It took until 11pm… but Poughkeepsie did finally reach 50°. The wind is howling as the cold front approaches, and it will bring major changes come Monday. Poughkeepsie saw just over 2 inches of snow on Saturday, and the 2 days combined for 3/4 of an inch liquid. Now we head into the freezer.
Short Range Forecast
The cold front passes thru before sunrise on Monday… and temperatures will drop through the day.
High pressure is on the way in… and a ton of cold air with it. Just how cold? Check out the 5 day forecast for more details on the specifics… but here’s what the next 5 days look like compared to average…
With our average high and low being 35° and 17°… we’re looking at a 5 day period with daytime highs in the low 20s, and night time lows near 10°. Those of you who were wondering “where is winter?”… you now have your answer.
Tuesday will see a clipper system spread snow across the east coast. The trick, is exactly where the snow sets up. We still think that some light snow can be expected during the morning and early afternoon on Tuesday… but the latest info is suggesting that the bulk of the snow, may stay south of the Hudson Valley. We’ll be watching it closely…
I sat around all day waiting for the winds to shift. Temperatures stuck in the mid 30s all day long across much of the valley, thanks to the low clouds and thick fog… which acted like a blanket, holding the cold air in at the surface. I finally gave up the ghost around 6pm, and shoveled and plowed. By 9pm, temps were in the mid 40s, and all the snow was melting. Figures.
The low clouds and fog insulated the Hudson Valley from the warm air mass aloft. The Catskills spent most of the day in the 50s, while the thermometer read 35° at my house. The reason, because the mountains elevation was above the very low ceiling in the valley. With a calm wind all day across the valley, the warmth just a few hundred feet over our head couldn’t break through the insulation… until some rain showers and a stiff breeze came and changed all that. The wind and rain combined to break up the low clouds and fog. Once that was done, the warm air was free to spread down to the surface. Wild how weather can work.
Winter is about to kick into high gear… and while the snow lovers will have to nickel and dime their way to satisfaction with the dusting to 2 inch clipper systems we’ll see over the next 5 days. But once the pattern sets in, it’s only a matter of time before the snow storms follow. Have a great Monday!