Monday: Cloudy with periods of rain through out the day. High in the low to mid 40s. Chance of rain 100%.
Monday Night: Evening showers tapering off, followed by an increasing west wind and partial clearing. Turning bitter cold. Lows in the mid 20s. Wind Chill after midnight between 5° and 15°.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy, windy and bitter. High near 30°. Wind chills in the mid teens.
Another very cold day across the Hudson Valley on Sunday… as the day clocked in a full 10 degrees below average once again, and even some snow flurries were found around the area. As of this post (1:30am Monday), it’s 34° with a mix of rain and wet snow just north of Pine Bush (SW Ulster County). Much of the area will see a slushy coating on grass and unpaved surfaces… before it warms up and rains.
And Rain it will on Monday. We’ll see periods of rain on and off thru most of the day. The showers will taper off near or shortly after sunset, as the front pushes to the east of the Hudson Valley. The passage of the cold front will be marked by a shift and increase of the winds out of the west, and a dramatic drop in temperatures. The high temperature on Tuesday will very likely come just after midnight, as the temps begin to plunge. During the afternoon on Tuesday, don’t expect the temperature to break the freezing mark… yes, we won’t get beyond the low 30s for highs.
Think that’s bad? Take a look at the afternoon wind chills projected by the GFS computer model:
As if that wasn’t enough… let’s talk about the potential record cold Tuesday night. Well… to be fair, we likely won’t hit the record… but it’s at least on the table. The record low temperature in Poughkeepsie Tuesday the 18th is 17° (1959), and Wednesday the 19th it is 16° (1986). Here is the GFS model’s early projection:
It appears that Poughkeepsie will fall short of the record by a couple degrees… but it is worth mentioning that the past couple days, the actual low has been colder than forecasted… so we’ll see how it plays out.
So the brutal cold is going to set in… and Tuesday as well as Wednesday look very ugly. I suppose if you like high temps in the low 30s, low temps near 20°, and wind chills in the teens, you’ll be in heaven… but I think it’s safe to say those people are in the vast minority.
Finally, we had some technical issues with the website late Sunday night, and the website was inaccessible for about an hour. Part of the reason for that was all of you! We had over 16,000 hits on the website on Sunday alone, which pushed HVW over the 2 million hits mark! In less than a year, over 2 million hits!! That’s amazing support you’ve shown HVW in the past year! So thank you so much for helping us reach such a huge milestone! Also, thank you for being so understanding if you were one of the fans impacted by the website outage. I’ll take the responsibility… as I did a detailed storm update on the website (as I am known to do during the winter storms). The reason is it’s just easier to “tell the story” on the website than on Facebook. Well, when I shared the update link on Facebook…. [BOOM] went the website… sorry ’bout that. We’re already working to make sure that doesn’t happen in the future.
Oh (explicative)… look at the timestamp on this post. Got to go… have a great Monday!