We have snow showers moving thru the Hudson Valley this afternoon, especially east of the Hudson River, in Dutchess and Columbia counties. Nothing particularly heavy… but a quick dusting to an inch is possible in some places, others will receive nothing. Areas that see snow, could see some slick conditions, so please be aware of the conditions in your area… and take the proper precautions.
Bone Chilling Cold
The snow showers are associated with an arctic cold front that is pushing thru the northeast. Once it moves thru, we’ll see winds howl out of the northwest… and temperatures will plummet. The forecast lows are near zero… which is bitter cold. Unfortunately, it won’t feel anywhere near that warm, as winds of 10 to 15mph out of the northwest, will generate some horrific wind chills. Here are the projected Wind Chills for Thursday night…
These wind chills are beyond uncomfortable… and are actually dangerous. Please do not get caught outside unprepared… frostbite and hypothermia are possible in a very short amount of time, if your skin is exposed.
Things don’t get much better on Friday… here are the projected high temperatures by the GFS computer model…
These numbers are likely a bit too cold… as we’re forecasting highs between 10° and 15°. Even still… it won’t feel that “warm”, it will feel much worse. As the winds continue into the day on Friday, here are the projected wind chills during the day on Friday…
The resounding theme here… is brutally cold! Make sure you check on elderly, make sure you bring in the pets, and please use extra caution if heading outside for an extended period of time. The bitter cold lasts straight thru the weekend, and into Monday. So plan to hunker down in a warm spot for the weekend… this air will be some of the coldest we’ve seen in a long time, possibly worse than the “Polar Vortex” last winter.
Saturday Storm Threat
We’re closely monitoring a storm threat for Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Another Alberta clipper will drop down from Canada, and rapidly intensify off the east coast. The location of this development will mean the difference between an inconvenience, and possibly a moderate snow event. We’ll have more on this tonight and Friday… but this graphic demonstrates our ideas and concerns thus far.
Have a nice afternoon and stay warm tonight!