Mostly cloudy skies across the region this morning as a frontal boundary sags across the region. Areas of low pressure will begin to spread rain into our region, rain looks to fall the heaviest between 2am and 5pm on Tuesday with some scattered snowers possible before and after that window as well. The frontal boundary and persistent cloud cover will keep temps cooler as well with 50’s and low 60’s being the theme through most of the week even with sun retuning by Wednesday.
After a winter that produced record low levels of snow pack, along with a fairly dry month of April, we have maximized our fire danger levels across the region. At least three fairly large wildfires were burning last night. The largest had burned over 500 acres of pristine forest in the Sam’s Point Perserve are of the Shawangunk Ridge and remained uncontained as of this morning. Below is a few pictures of the wildfire.
Source: Craig Lopez
Calm winds, increasing dewpoint levels and incoming rainfall will lend a helping hand to combating these fires over the next 24 hours. Please continue to abide by the state burn ban and be mindful of the consequences of even a discarded ciggerette so we can continue to protect our beautiful forests. Currently both Sam’s Point and Minnewaska Parks are both closed as teams from across the state continue to battle. Everyone have a great day and don’t forget to check back with us for updated on the rainfall. Also remember to utilize the observation feature on our app to report rainfall as well.