Saturday Discussion : December Showers Tonight


– 7pm to 11pm rain develops SW to NE
– 12am to 10am light to moderate rain showers
– 10am to 2pm rain showers taper from W to E

Futurecast Radar : 5pm Saturday – 1am Sunday

The approaching warm front tonight will spread rain into the Hudson Valley. The arrival of the precipitation appears between 7pm and 11pm. The initial showers will be spotty and light, “hit or miss” in nature between 6 and 8pm… and primarily in the Catskills. At the onset of the rain showers, a few areas of sleet and ice are possible. But that should quickly transition to plain rain in most locations. Watch for some spotty icy spots in the traditionally colder spots in the Catskills.

Then between 9 and 11pm, more widespread steady rain showers will arrive from SW to NE. As midnight approaches, the majority of the valley will see rain showers falling.  So if you have plans this evening… you may have to dodge a light rain shower or sprinkle in some spots between 7pm and 9pm… before more numerous and heavier rain showers develop after 9 or 10pm.


* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch, and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch expected.

* WHERE… Catskills & Taconics: Delaware, Sullivan, Western Ulster & Greene, and Eastern Columbia Counties.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Temperatures will rise above freezing late tonight into early Sunday morning.

Cold air across the Hudson Valley and Catskills will be slow to erode out of the region tonight. An approaching warm front will spread rain showers into our area, out in advance of a storm system in the Ohio Valley. At the onset of precipitation, it appears that some locations will have temperatures near or just below freezing. This could result in some spotty areas of sleet and freezing drizzle mixing in with the rain showers. This will likely be confined to the colder valleys of the Catskills and Taconics. Most of the Hudson Valley will see temperatures ranging between 35° and 40°… meaning precipitation will fall in the form of plain liquid rain.

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