Thursday Discussion : Soaker Ending as Slush?

The remnants of Hurricane Zeta will push into the Ohio Valley on Thursday, and that will translate into a soaking rainfall all across the Hudson Valley…

Futurecast Radar : 6am to 8pm Thursday

Rain will develop around sunrise, and become steady and moderate around the valley.  Lasting through sunset in most areas.  Showers will continue into the night, as the colder air works into the region.  In terms of total rainfall, this is a rough estimate of the 1 to 2 inches of rain that we could see…

Soaker to Slushy??

The question of the day for certain, as a very complex setup unfolds over the region.  Please check out our Winter Storm Discussion Live Stream from Wednesday night.  It goes into considerable detail on exactly how the situation should play out.  The short version of what we anticipate…

  • 12am to 4am : Rain showers mix with snow in valley… wet snow above 1500 feet
  • 4am to 7am : Rain changes to wet snow in the valley … snow above 1500 feet
  • 7am to 12pm : Wet snow (mixed with rain south of I-84)… snow tapers off from NW to SE

Futurecast Radar : 2am to 2pm Friday

You see on this simulation, a fairly good representation of how we think things will play out.  The upper level low pressure rapidly deepens off the coast, and a band of precipitation deepens and intensifies over the Hudson Valley for a short time, in the form of wet snow.  We think temperatures will stay above freezing, which will keep any accumulations to the grassy areas… unless you go above 1500 feet and up into the Catskills.  That is where we could see a couple slushy inches, mainly in the Catskills and higher elevations.  But even in the valley, if the wet snow falls steadily, we could see a slushy coating on the grass in the valley areas.  We’ll have to see how things unfold as we get closer.  Like we say, check out the video for more context.

It’s late October, and we’re still working on the winter outlook… but here comes winter, trying to make an early guest appearance before Halloween.  Let’s see how it plays out.  Have a great Thursday!

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