It’s been a soggy Sunday for the Hudson Valley, but the steady rain showers have now moved northeast of the region, allowing the majority of the area to dry out a bit. Cloudy skies will linger in the region through this evening, despite the rain tapering off in the Hudson Valley. But a glance at the current radar shows some another batch of rain off to our west, and that is heading our way.
A wind advisory is in effect for the region tonight (and even a high wind warning for Greene and Columbia county), as winds tonight and Monday will gust up to 50mph in the valley, and possibly as high as 60mph in Columbia and Greene Counties. The cold front that will usher in the gusty winds tonight, has a squall line of heavy downpours and gusty winds associated with it. Thunder and lightning also can’t be ruled out. That squall line will reach the Hudson Valley between 6pm and 8pm. Areas west of the Hudson River are likely to see the squall line arrive between 6 and 7pm…. while areas east of the Hudson River likely seeing the front arrive between 7 and 8pm.
There are no severe thunderstorm watches in effect, but a localized damaging wind gust over 50mph cannot be ruled out. But as the front pushes through, most of us will see a brief period of heavier rain showers, a couple rumbles of thunder, and some gusty winds. After the squall line pushes through, the rain showers will last for an hour or two before tapering off. At which point, the wind advisory will take effect, and the strong NW winds will be with us through the overnight, and through most of our Monday. If any watches or warnings are issued, we’ll be sure to pass it along. Otherwise, we hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their Sunday afternoon.