Our storm system has exited the region but its effects have not, we are now dealing with the winds, we began to ramp over a few hours after midnight and will continue to impact the region through the morning and into the early afternoon. Gusts between 30-55 mph are possible, the combination of gusty winds and snow loads on tree limbs and branches may lead to power outages across the region.
Winter storm warnings have been dropped for the valley locations but remain in effect for the higher terrain of the Catskills and Taconics. In those regions we are seeing additional snowfall due to lake effect and upslope effect snow, these are the regions where we had the highest snowfall forecasts and an additional few inches of snow will assist in bring some of those locations to a foot or more of snow.
Scattered snow squalls are still possible across the lower elevations as the NW fetch helps some of the streamers of the Great Lakes push over the the Catskills and tease a few of our northern counties. Temps are not overly cold this morning, the gusty winds have helped to mix up an inversion in the atmosphere an cause a bit of a temp spike, but those temps will peak this morning and begin to drop as colder air continues to advect into the region on the backs of these NW gusts.
Overall the storm seems to have very much went to plan in terms of the forecast, all regions have at a minimum reached our low end forecast amounts, we are not checking off the wind part of the forecast, that will be felt region wide with the exception of the locations that are sheltered a bit by local topography. We still have a few features we are monitoring for this week, models continue to project that a major phasing of energys and resulting coastal storm will not come together for the mid to late part of the week, but only a minor change in the timing of these two systems can have big changes on the forecast and bares watching.