Saturday: Sunshine with some late day clouds, cold. High in the low 40s.
Saturday Night: Cloudy with isolated areas of drizzle… possibly an area of patchy freezing drizzle. Low in the low to mid 30s.
Sunday: Clouds mixed with sunshine and mild. High in the low to mid 50s.
The average high temperature for January 3rd is 36 degrees… 36 degrees was also the high temperature in Poughkeepsie on Friday. So if we’ve got January weather in November… then who knows what kind of weather January will bring… (shudder).
But after a frigid start to our Saturday, (likely in the mid to upper teens), we begin moving in the right direction. Winds will shift out of the SW and that means a slow increase in temps. We’ll break into the low and mid 40s under mostly sunny skies. Saturday night could be a bit tricky… as clouds move in, and some patchy moisture moves into the area. Temperatures should be in the 32° to 38° range… so we could see one or two areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle. We might need to watch for some isolated icy spots… we’ll update on Facebook if the threat looks more likely… just keep it in mind.
Sunday looks quite nice, actually. Sunshine should break thru the clouds… and temperatures should break into the low 50s, a truly fantastic day compared to the frigid weather of late. Then the rains move in…
Periods of rain will push into the Hudson Valley near midnight, and last into the early morning on Monday. Around a half inch of much needed rain seems reasonable to expect at this time. The flow out of the SW will pump temperatures into the 60s on Monday, nearly approaching record high levels (record high on Monday is 68°). Now, we’ll likely fall short of that… but it’s a major warm up considering where we are as of Friday night (21° in Poughkeepsie).
Behind the storm, we’ll see temps come back down to earth. Highs on Tuesday should be back near 50°… and it only gets colder from there. Looking way down the road, the cold pattern looks to return as Thanksgiving approaches. Also… don’t be surprised if you begin to hear rumors about a Thanksgiving day snow storm. Alex and I discussed it… and while it can’t be ruled out, at the moment… the event has a low probability of happening. We’re tracking it closely, and keep you posted… but it looks like it may stay just far enough out over the ocean.
The lake effect snow event is finally finished. The jackpot snow total over the past 4 days was Cowlesville, NY at 88″ of snow!! Close behind was a town the media has been following closely over the event… Hamburg, NY recorded 79.5″ of snow. Now, I’m 6’0″ tall… and Hamburg saw enough snow to completely bury me… and still have 7.5″ to spare. Ridiculous! (complete list of snow totals) This lake effect snow event has a lot of people wondering if something like this could ever happen in our area. Well, Alex did an interview with Westchester Magazine that came out on Friday. Alex discusses why such an event is all but impossible in our area, please check it out if you get a chance. Special thanks to Byron Kittle for taking the time to speak with Alex.
And that brings tonight’s post to a close. Another week is in the books… and it’s freezing outside. Things begin to improve on Saturday… so keep warm, and have a great day!