Friday Discussion : Cold Weekend Ahead

A chilly end to the work week, as we watch a reinforcing shot of cold, Canadian air for the weekend.

A reinforcing cold front brings more cold air to the Hudson Valley Friday afternoon.  As the front moves through, it will touch off some scattered snow showers and flurries around the region.  The best chance for snow showers is in the Catskills, where an inch or two can’t be ruled out.  Across the Hudson valley, expect possibly a spotty coating of snow, in a localized snow shower.  Afternoon highs in the upper 30s will fall behind the cold front, and set the stage for a very cold weekend.

Saturday looks like one of the coldest days of the winter so far.  Sunshine will mix with a few clouds, but the real story will be the cold air and wind.  Afternoon highs in the mid 20s will feel much colder, as NW winds at 10 to 20mph, will gust over 30mph at times.  That will give us the wind chills you see above… and that is projected for 12pm.  So the middle of the day will feel like single digits and teens across many parts of the region.  Anyone with plans will want to bundle up properly, or the wind will definitely ruin your day.

Watching Next Week…

We continue to watch next week for our first potential storm in what feels like forever.  The pattern has been quiet, and it looks like our first storm threat in many days will come Monday night into Tuesday.

Monday Night – Tuesday Storm Threat

The threat exists for a storm system to develop over the plains states and push east/northeast.  Cold air pushing south into the northeast will clash with approaching moisture from the southwest, and that could create an overrunning snow event for the region.  We’ll have to closely monitor, because the track is very much in doubt.  But the scenario above is currently the most likely scenario… bringing a swath of snow from Chicago, east to the Hudson Valley.  We aren’t talking about accumulations at this point, but this would not be a major snowstorm… but it could very well be a moderate snow event, if the track is right.  We’ll be sure to provide updates as we get closer.  If you want even more detail… you can watch the Fireside Chat from Thursday night.

TGIF, have a great day!

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