Wednesday: Sunshine mixing with increasing clouds… turning very windy and bitter with scattered flurries, and even a snow squall. High in the low 20s, temps falling thru the teens during the afternoon. Northwest wind 10 to 20mph, with gusts over 40mph. Wind chills -5° to -10°.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear with a light breeze, and bitter cold. Low around 0° to 5°. Northwest wind around 10mph, gusts over 20mph. Wind chills between -10° and -25°.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, breezy and frigid. High in the upper teens to low 20s. West wind 5 to 10mph. Wind chills in the single digits.
First, we’ll have a shot at a few scattered snow squalls, as the boundary pushes through the area around mid day. Areas that see a squall (and not everyone will), could see a quick dusting to a half inch of snow.
Second, the wind will really kick up in intensity. Winds will shift around to the northwest, and howl between 10 and 20mph… gusting over 40mph at times. The fierce wind will also send temperatures into a state of free fall. Here are the projected GFS temperatures around 1pm…
As if the temperatures around 20° aren’t bad enough…. look what happens just 6 hours later, thanks to the power of an arctic wind…
But those are just temperatures. We’re not even talking about wind chill yet. If you hate winter… you may want to avert your eyes right now. When you take arctic air… and add a howling northwest wind… here are the projected wind chills for Wednesday night.
It really doesn’t get much worse than this. As a result… the entire area is under a Wind Chill Advisory, for wind chills as cold as -25°! The Catskills and higher elevations are under a Wind Chill Warning… for wind chills as cold as -40°!!! These are dangerous conditions ladies and gentlemen… not to be taken lightly. Exposed skin can be subject to frost bite in just a matter of minutes, and hypothermia can set in not long after. If you must go outside Wednesday afternoon thru Thursday morning… please dress appropriately.
Our Alberta Clipper gave us a very wintry feel on Tuesday, as light snow fell thru most of the day. All that snow didn’t amount to much, however… as accumulations ranged from a dusting to a half inch in most places. Now we’ve got some truly awful weather to contend with. The type of cold that is coming the next 36 hours, is not something to take lightly. The air temps themselves won’t be too horrible… (near 0°), but the wind chill is going to be dangerous. Please don’t underestimate this cold… if you get caught out in it unexpectedly, it could become dangerous and life threatening.
In terms of long range major snow threats… not much to talk about. There is a storm system that could impact the Hudson Valley between Sunday and Tuesday (roughly 5 to 7 days from now)… but the models have been very inconsistent, placing the storm well to our south most of the time. That could give the HV a minor snowfall. We’ll keep an eye on it… but honestly, it’s a low threat right now.
Ok… bundle up Hudson Valley. Have a great Wednesday!