Period of heavy snow Monday

Update #435a

Happy snowy Monday!

Early this morning, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all counties in the middle and lower Hudson Valley for 2-4 inches of snow.

The advisory is aligned with my forecast forecast update from yesterday.

Here’s the very latest information:

What? A period of heavy snow.

When? Starting 11:00 am-noon from west to east. Ending 5:00-6:00 pm. The heaviest snow is expected between noon-3:00 pm.

How much? 2-4 inches. Snow rates could reach one inch per hour early in the afternoon.

Impacts? Road conditions are expected to rapidly deteriorate after the snow starts. The worst weather is expected between noon-3:00 pm with reduced visibility and slippery roads due to heavy snow — if you have travel plans during this time, my advice would be to hold off. Snow intensity will ease between 4:00 and 6:00 pm as travel conditions gradually improve.

In the case of school early dismissals, the midday timing of the snow means that elementary school students would be dismissed into the snow, not to mention teachers, administrators, and other staff that would be traveling home early in the afternoon during the worst of the weather.

Schools closings and remote days are favored with early dismissals possible in circumstances where the period of heavy snow can be avoided.

Have a great day and stay safe!