We had our 1st flakes of the season across many parts of the Hudson Valley Tuesday night. Alex was even so kind as to send me a video of him walking through a parking lot with gorgeous snowflakes pouring down in the streetlight behind him. All while I had nothing but a cold, nasty rain shower at my house #TrueFriend. For Thursday, a seasonably cool day is on tap.
Sunshine will mix with increasing afternoon clouds. A spot sprinkle can’t be ruled out… but most of the region should stay dry. Afternoon highs will top out around 50° in the valley areas, holding in the mid 40s across the higher elevations. But the real story is what comes Thursday night.
An arctic cold front will race through the Hudson Valley after dark Thursday evening. It will turn the winds out of the northwest, and usher in the coldest air of the season by far. Temps will steadily fall, and by sunrise on Friday the entire region will see temps in the upper 20s to low 30s. After sunrise, temperatures won’t move much at all… and if anything, may drop a degree or two. NW winds will howl at 10 to 15mph, and gust over 30mph at times. The result will be afternoon wind chills that feel like the core of winter!
These are daytime wind chills, and considering that last Friday 71° in Poughkeepsie, the fact that it will feel like 20° this Friday, is that much more astounding. Our October was very warm, and so many people were questioning if we would have a winter this year. We outlined at the end of the Winter Outlook how what we saw in October is consistent with what we’d expect in similar years. And in those similar years, November and December took a SHARP turn toward a colder pattern. So here comes the cold… with very little notice.
Have a great Thursday!