Good morning and welcome to the third and final installment of the snow update!
This last chapter is a riveting one, as the forecast has held firm on the expectation for a big snowstorm.
Last night, I went live on Twitter to share the very latest and to express my desire to trade the New Zealand summer sun for an opportunity to experience the very heavy snowfall rates expected in the Hudson Valley on Wednesday night 🙃
In all seriousness, this is a storm that needs to be taken seriously. Here’s what you need to know:
The entirety of the region is under a Winter Storm Warning from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon.
Snow is expected to begin from 4:00 pm near the NY-NJ border to 8:00 pm in northern Dutchess County — in between for everyone else.
The worst of the storm is expected from 10:00 pm tonight through 7:00 am Thursday. Snow rates may reach 2-3 inches per hour for a time.
Travel overnight is strongly discouraged — roads may become impossible to navigate and you could be left stranded. If you work nights, getting to your job is not worth your risking your life.
12 to 18 inches of snow are expected. A narrow, slow-moving, and intense snow band could set up over the Hudson Valley. If it does, areas under this band could receive 2 feet of snow.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph late Wednesday night through Thursday will cause significant blowing and drifting of the snow along with whiteout conditions. Power outages will be possible but the risk may be lessened by the powdery variety of the snow.
The heavy snow will gradually end on Thursday morning. Light snow or flurries could linger into the early afternoon.
Schools that are in-person may opt to dismiss an hour or two early today to give everyone a chance to get home safely before the storm.
Widespread school closures Thursday. Lingering impacts Friday with the need to clear large amounts of snow.
Very cold conditions following the storm — the temperature won’t go above freezing until Sunday.
For all the very latest, follow along on Twitter. You can send in your reports, pictures, and videos there or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org 😊
Take care and be safe, Hudson Valley! I’ll be with you through this storm and for the rest of winter to come 💯