While we do have patches of light snow falling across the region this evening… temperatures on Tuesday have been notably warmer than the past few days. As of the evening commute, temperatures are right around the 30° mark in most places. We’ll have an increasing southerly wind tonight, and that will help push temperatures up above freezing tonight.
At the same time, we’re tracking a batch of moderate to heavy precipitation, that will reach the Hudson Valley later tonight. With the rising temperatures in the valley, much of that precipitation should fall in the liquid form, not the frozen form overnight. There are indications there could even be a rumble of thunder in some spots.
HOWEVER… as this band of steady precipitation pushes into the Hudson Valley, there will likely be some places at or below the freezing mark. This could lead to some areas beginning as a period of moderate sleet and/or freezing rain toward midnight. Also, with temperatures well below freezing for 4 days now, the ground is completely frozen, and capable of seeing rain freeze to ice on contact. You can see on this simulated radar, that there could be a rather substantial area of freezing rain and sleet on the front edge of this band of rain, so the potential certainly exists for some icy spots through midnight tonight. Treated main roads should be ‘OK’… but untreated secondary roads… as well as sidewalks and driveways, could be quite slick later tonight. If you’re traveling around midnight tonight, you’ll want to be alert to the conditions in your area.
As we get further beyond midnight, temperatures should continue to rise into the mid and upper 30s… and even around 40° by morning. So the morning commute just looks wet on Wednesday, not icy. We’ll try to share updates as the steady precipitation moves into the area tonight. Stay warm, stay safe, and have a nice evening!