Thursday AM Discussion : Icy Thoughts

Areas of light snow, sleet and light freezing rain have pushed into the region.  The heaviest precipitation is in the northern and eastern Hudson Valley, those areas are where conditions will be most hazardous for the Thursday AM commute. 
– Upper HV & Catskills:  A coating to an inch or two of snow, along with sleet accumulation is possible, as well as a tenth of an inch of freezing rain possible
– Mid HV:  A coating of snow and sleet, as well as a tenth of an inch of freezing rain possible.
– Lower HV:  A coating of sleet in spots, as well as a tenth of an inch of freezing rain possible.
No matter what part of the Hudson Valley you live in, the Thursday morning commute looks icy and slick.  Temperatures in the valley are between 30° and 33°, and upper 20s in the Catskills.  These temps will hold steady into the Thursday AM commute… meaning icy conditions are likely, especially on secondary roads.  This event was expected, so with pretreatment and regular salting, main roads should be passable (especially from I-84 on south).  HOWEVER… these conditions are extremely location specific in an event like this. Therefore, it’s wise to expect icy travel conditions for the commute, and then check the conditions in your area before heading out.
As Thursday progresses, milder air should quickly move of the Hudson River valley… pushing temps into the mid 30s by mid morning, with improving travel conditions.  Temps may hold in the low 30s a bit longer in the higher elevations and hill towns.  But by late morning, most areas should be safely above freezing.  We’ll then see cloudy skies, with scattered rain showers through the afternoon and evening… and temps likely into the low 40s.
Additional Updates to follow Thursday morning, but expect many school delays… just to be on the safe side with the icy conditions.

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