Complete Forecast Details: HVW 5 Day Forecast
Our Valentine’s Day storm spared the Hudson Valley in terms of snowfall totals. Forecasted amounts of 2 to 6 inches… became actual amounts of generally 2 to 3 inches. We spoke about a possible trough boundary that could enhance the snows across our area… however the enhanced snow band fell apart as it approached the HV, shutting down the snow across our area earlier than expected. So many of the winter storms this season have had major uncertainties due to the structure of the storm… the Valentine’s Day storm was no different.
Now our attention turns to some of the coldest wind chills our area has seen in a long time. Wind Chill Warnings are in effect for the entire area, for wind chills ranging from -25° to -35°. So here’s what the data says… first, here are the projected GFS high temperatures for Sunday.
The mercury likely reaches into the mid and upper teens during the morning… and either remains steady, or falls thru the afternoon. But when you factor in the northwest winds at 10 to 20mph, with gusts over 40mph… it will never actually feel like the teens. Instead… here are the projected “real feel” (wind chills) for Sunday Afternoon…
We’re talking about some very ugly cold on Sunday. Please be sure to dress appropriately… dress in layers, don’t leave skin exposed for extended periods of time. Frostbite becomes a concern in these conditions… and it doesn’t get any better Sunday night. While overnight lows are expected to be around 5 below zero (depending on location)… just look at how rotten the wind chills are projected to be Sunday night and Monday morning…
Bottom line… it’s going to be brutal. These conditions go beyond uncomfortable… they are dangerous. Use appropriate caution, check on elderly, bring the pets in… by this point in the winter, you know the drill. These winds will absolutely howl out of the northwest on Sunday, and in addition to the dangerous chill… we’ll also have a threat of downed trees and power lines due to gusts near 50mph at times. Also… that powerful wind, will blow all the snow that fell on Saturday… all over the place again. That means reduced visibilities and potentially snow covered roadways once again.
We’ll have some updates on Sunday… but expect tricky travel in spots, along with the dangerous cold. Stay warm, be safe… and have a great Sunday!