Thursday Discussion : Howling, Biting Winds

A strong upper level low pressure is exiting eastern New England, and generating some powerful NW winds across the Hudson Valley.  Gusts upward of 30mph in the valley… and over 40mph in the Catskills are quite common Wednesday night into Thursday…

The winds will really howl Thursday afternoon, gusting at times over 30mph in the valley… and upward of 45mph in the Catskills.  That’s going to make for some nasty wind chills around the region.  Actual air temperatures on Thursday will only top out around 30° in the valley… but when we factor in the wind… it’s going to feel much colder…

During the middle of the afternoon, it’s going to feel like teens and low 20s across the valley… and single digits in the Catskills.  Thursday night… air temperatures will fall into the teens, but the winds will not die down… and so sharp wind chills will be with us through the night, and into the Friday AM commute…

It’s going to feel like the single digits across the Hudson Valley for the Friday AM commute.  If you go into the Catskills… you’re REALLY going to want your winter weather gear.  There, it could feel like 0° to minus 20°!  Some very cold air for the region… much more typical of what we would expect for mid January.  Make sure you dress appropriately.

Tracking the Storm… Still only a minor threat

We continue to watch the approaching storm for this weekend.  Snow lovers will be unhappy to hear, that this storm continues to look like a ‘near miss’.

The potential map looks very similar, despite being a day closer to the event.  The storm is likely to stay suppressed to our south, with only some scattered light snows around the region.  We’ll keep tracking the system, and see if that holds true as we get closer.

4 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion : Howling, Biting Winds

  1. These high wind, single digit days remind me of the Midwest winters, add heavy snow and it’ll be just like it.
    Until that snow drift turns out to be a hill.
    Three layers of clothing, mittens (not gloves), drink plenty of water, and think warm thoughts.

  2. Agree about the windy days, but let it snow, snow, snow so we can enjoy XC skiing on the beautifully groomed trails in the Gunks!

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