Monday: Cloudy with scattered flurries in the morning, a few spotty rain or snow showers possible during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Winds light and variable.
Monday Night: Cloudy with periods of light wet snow, light sleet and light rain likely. Low in the low 30s. Winds light and variable. No accumulation expected in the valley, a slushy inch possible in the mountains over 1000ft.
Tuesday: Cloudy and unsettled with scattered rain showers. High in the mid 40s. Winds east at 5mph. [Catskills: wet snow showers mixing with light rain].
Another gray and cold day across the Hudson Valley. Poughkeepsie hit a high of 34°… which is 4 degrees below the average high of 38°. But when you factor in that the clouds kept night time temps “warmer” than average, the day as a whole was above average by 3 degrees. The average low temperature is 20°… and the clouds kept temps in the upper 20s.
Monday and Tuesday:
The next 48 hours aren’t pretty…
This weak disturbance will drift off the coast, and leave us with unsettled conditions. Mainly clouds, spotty showers (with some wet snow mixed in Monday night). We’re not expecting any accumulation in the valleys… but the Catskills could pick up a slushy inch or two. Scattered showers will continue thru the day on Tuesday… as temps slowly warm into the 40s, changing everyone over to plain rain. That leads us into Wednesday:
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day:
Sadly, there will be no white Christmas this year… in fact, we may have a record warm Christmas Eve. The record high in Poughkeepsie is 58°, and the latest data is hinting that we could crack 60°.
A major storm will form over the Great Lakes and head into Canada, and that means plenty of rain for the Hudson Valley. As we’ve been discussing for several days, a warm southerly flow will push plenty of warm air north, wiping out any shot for a white Christmas. Expect Christmas Eve to see the bulk of the stormy weather… with most, if not all, of the rain exiting the area by sunrise on Christmas Day. In it’s wake, we’ll see plenty of wind behind the system… as this storm really strengthens and moves north. The only question to answer as we head toward the New Year… is once this storm heads toward the arctic, does this massive storm jar loose some arctic air, and send it our way? It’s something we’ll be watching closely.
I had to publish this about half way thru (at 12:40am), because the Weather Munchkin woke up coughing with a slight fever. She’s had a rough 24 hours, and we’ve tried to make her comfortable. She seems to be feeling better now, so we’ll see on Monday. After I got her back to sleep (now 2:30am), I finished the final graphic… and now I can go to sleep. We can’t thank you enough for all the support you continue to show HVW. Winter started at 6:03pm yesterday… so we’ve got a long road ahead. Thanks for letting us be your source for weather in the Hudson Valley!!