Tuesday nor'easter notes
Greetings. How does it look outside your window this morning? 🌨️
As I write this at 5:00 am eastern time, the radar shows steady snow for Dutchess, Putnam, northern Westchester, northern Ulster, and Sullivan, with a dry slot over eastern Orange, Rockland, southern Ulster, and southern Westchester.
4,000 were without power in Ulster, 3,000 in Dutchess, and 1,000 in Putnam as at 5:00 am.
Overnight between midnight-3:00 am, a heavy band of snow tracked across eastern Orange County, dropping 4-5 inches of snow in under 2 hours for places like Monroe, Woodbury, and Chester, as pictured below.
Here’s a very cool time-lapse of the heavy snow band, as viewed from Monroe. Video credit to Michael Beckley.
Many schools across the region have already closed. But for those that haven’t and for those that have to trudge through the snow to get to work, here’s what to expect:
What you see out the window now is fairly representative of what the rest of the day will look like.
The most persistent snow will be found across Dutchess, Putnam, northern Westchester, northern Ulster, and Sullivan.
The lightest snow will be found across Orange, Rockland, southern Ulster, and southern Westchester.
Additional snowfall today (through 7:00 pm): Dutchess 4-8”. Putnam 4-8”. Northern Ulster 4-8”. Sullivan 4-6”. Orange 2-4”. Southern Ulster 2-4”. Northern Westchester 2-4”. Southern Westchester C-2”. Rockland C-2”. The snow will be elevation dependent and ease to flurries by nightfall.
With temperatures in the 32-36 degree range today, roads will improve during periods of light snow and may be just wet, particularly in the low snow counties as in bullet point 3.
Significant inter-regional variability in snowfall means that staff traveling from afar will be dealing with different conditions.
Gusty winds this afternoon and Wednesday will put further stress on heavily weighted tree branches and power lines, adding to the power outage numbers.
Temperatures tonight will largely remain near or just above freezing due to the stronger winds, preventing a hard refreeze.
Delays are possible on Wednesday, particularly in the high snow counties as in bullet point 2 and areas dealing with power outages.
Wednesday will be dry and breezy with highs near 40. A hard freeze is forecast Wednesday night with lows in the upper 10s and low 20s. Thursday will be milder in the mid to upper 40s and Friday will be milder yet.
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