Back to reality

Update #438

False start: Mother Nature / spring! After reaching 70 degrees on Thursday, we flash back to reality this coming week with wind, cooler temperatures, and even the potential for a bit of wintry precipitation.

First: the wind 🌬️

After a windy Friday night that left a few thousand without power in Ulster County, another period of strong winds is expected across the Hudson Valley on Sunday afternoon. The strongest winds will occur between noon-5:00 pm when gusts could reach as high as 50 mph. This could cause isolated downed trees, power lines, and power outages. Secure your loose items on Sunday morning before the strong winds arrive.

Next: the cold 🥶

The cause of Sunday’s wind is the passage of a strong Canadian cold front, which will draw down cold air from our northern neighbors early in the week. Monday’s temperatures will be about 15 degrees below average as a gusty wind continues to blow, making it feel even colder.

Then: the snow? ❄️

After a dry day with increasing clouds on Tuesday, a disturbance approaching from the west could cause a bit of light snow on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It looks like amounts would be quite light but with sub-freezing temperatures the situation bears watching.

Some leftover clouds or light wintry precipitation is possible on Wednesday morning before conditions turn better later in the day.

On Thursday, a storm system gathering in the Ohio Valley will track toward the Northeast. A blocking ridge of high pressure over southern Canada will prevent it from rushing into the region, but some rain is possible by day’s end.

The aforementioned high pressure system will funnel colder air into the region by early Friday, which at least opens the door ever so slightly to a chance for wet snow as the storm system hovers near the Mid-Atlantic coast.

High pressure then looks like it will build in over the weekend, leading to improving weather and milder afternoon temperatures despite some chilly mornings.

At this point, the week of the 22nd looks like it will be warmer than average.

A side of sunshine

On the other side of the world, we’re still hanging onto summer. March in New Zealand has the same sun angle as September in New York. Here’s how things looked this weekend 🌴

Have a great week! Oh, and enjoy daylight saving time! 🌞