Wednesday Discussion : Icy End to the Week

After some scattered snow flurries and snow showers on Tuesday, the Hudson Valley is back in the grasp of wintry air.  Wednesday will continue the seasonal cold air, with highs in the mid 30s, before temperatures begin to rise after dark, out ahead of our next weak cold front.  Scattered rain showers will develop (and mix with sleet and freezing rain in the Catskills) by midnight… and be with us through sunrise on Thursday.

Futurecast Radar (Eastern US) : Wednesday PM – Early AM Saturday

The concern then arises as the low pressure system pushes northward in the midwest.  It will spread moisture north all the way to the east coast as shown in the futurecast above.  As the moisture runs into the cold air at the surface, a period of freezing rain and sleet appears likely.

Futurecast Radar : Friday Evening                                                                      

The moisture likely moves into the Hudson Valley between 4pm and 8pm on Friday.  When it does, temps are likely to be 30° to 32° around the region (with some upper 20s in the Catskills).  This will allow the rain to freeze on contact to many surfaces.  So freezing rain and sleet are likely to fall at the onset Friday evening.  Southerly winds should continue through the evening, slowly warming temps into the mid 30s, and above freezing.  So much of the valley is expected to change over to a cold rain before midnight.  The Catskills could be a degree or two warmer, and thus remain as freezing rain and sleet for a bit longer.  We will have to keep a close eye on how this event unfolds.  For now, it appears that Friday evenings will see the potential of some icing and hazardous travel conditions.  We will keep you posted on this potential over the next day or so.

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