A Weekend Weather Advisory: Exercise Caution in the Face of Harsh Conditions

November 17, 2023 at 11:33 am

Good Friday morning, everyone! As we eagerly approach the weekend, a quick weather update is in order to ensure everyone stays informed and safe. There is a rain front moving from west to east across our Hudson Valley region. The precipitation is expected to reach Delaware county by approximately 5 pm, Ulster County by 7pm, and Dutchess County by around 8 pm.

It’s important to note that this weather event is primarily a rain occurrence, given the prevailing warm temperatures. While wintry precipitation is not anticipated, we are reminded to remain vigilant, as the possibility of thunder cannot be ruled out.

One crucial aspect to be mindful of is the strong winds expected during Friday and Saturday. With wind speeds ranging between 10 to 15 mph and gusts reaching 20 to 35+ mph, it is advisable to take precautionary measures, especially if you have outdoor Christmas decorations. Fasten them securely to prevent any potential damage.

Moreover, driver should exercise caution on the roads. Reduce your speed, ensure your headlights are on, and stay alert. The winds, coming from the south/southwest, will bring warm air, leading to unseasonably high temperatures today. However, by Saturday night, the winds are expected to calm.

Fortunately, the swift movement of this weather system reduces the risk of flash flooding. Rainfall amounts are forecasted to be relatively light, ranging from 0.25″ to 0.75″. While lightning is not explicitly predicted by weather models, it’s wise to be prepared for the possibility of some thunder.

In summary, as we navigate through the weekend, let’s prioritize safety. Secure outdoor items, drive cautiously, and remain vigilant in light of the forecasted weather conditions. By taking these precautions, we can ensure a weekend that is not only enjoyable but also safe for all.