Special Video Forecast
The Cold is Coming … Surprise Wet Snow? – 6 minute video
Between the title to this post, and the title of the video we linked to above, you may wonder if you’re hallucinating. Take a deep breath, you’re not losing your mind. You did read that correctly… we are talking about wet snow in the forecast… and it’s in TODAY’s forecast. But we don’t expect major impacts, and many of us may not see snow at all. Let’s take a look…
Sunshine will gradually fade behind increasing clouds during the afternoon. The cold will also be on the increase, being filtered in by a persistent northerly breeze. The result will be temperatures struggling to get out of the mid 40s across the Hudson Valley, a solid 10 degrees below average. But in addition to the surging cold… we have a weak storm system developing to our southwest, and it will ride along a boundary on Tuesday. If that boundary is far enough north… like much of the data is now suggesting… we could see rain push into the southern half of the valley by mid to late Tuesday afternoon.
The invading cold air will filter through all layers of the atmosphere. So when the moisture falls, it will fall as snow across the entire region. The problem… is surface temperatures are projected to be 35° to 40° across the region at this time. That will melt a good deal of the snow as it falls from the cloud… but it could permit wet snow to mix in with the cold rain showers in parts of the Hudson Valley. As you go up in elevation, and in your traditionally colder spots… you could see a period of wet snow fall around and shortly after sunset. A slushy coating of wet snow on grassy spots can’t be ruled out in the coldest locations.
Let us be clear…
- Snow will NOT stick to roadways
- Widespread snow / snow accumulation IS NOT likely
- Rain showers COULD mix with or change to wet snow around sunset
- A slushy coating of snow POSSIBLE in the colder spots and higher elevations
This is not a major event, rather… the potential for the 1st flakes of the season. Expect the potential for some wet roads for your evening commute.
It’s been a WARM autumn… but make no mistake… Winter is Coming.