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Nor'easter to Bring a Heavy to Major Snowfall Monday Night into Tuesday Night

A major Nor'easter is expected to develop south of New England Monday night, potentially getting stuck near Cape Cod into Tuesday before moving away Tuesday night.  This storm will bring heavy snow and gusty wind at times causing blowing and drifting snow, potential whiteout conditions at times leading to dangerous travel late Monday night through Tuesday.  Snow accumulations of 10" to 20" will be possible, especially in the Hudson valley and across western New England with amounts up to 10" in the Mohawk valley and western Catskills.   

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Meteorologist: Craig Adams
Last Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015 5:07:50 AM
 
Weather Advisories:  NOR'EASTER TO BRING A HEAVY TO MAJOR SNOWFALL TO THE REGION MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
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Synopsis.
A clipper low passing south of the region through Monday will ultimaely trigger development a major Nor'easter storm south of New England Monday night. This storm will rapidly intensify and possibly briefly stall near Cape Cod on Tuesday before moving away Tuesday night. Initially on Monday, a patchy light nuisance type snow will break out from south to north from the late morning through the afternoon with any accumulations locally generally 1" or less through early Monday evening. As the Nor'easter develops Monday night, a zone of heavy snow will develop over New England which could back as far west as the Hudson valley late Monday night and Tuesday. How far west this zone of heavy snow backs into the region will be determined by storm track and behavior, which is not certain at this time. There is some chance that the zone of heaviest snow makes it only as far west as southern VT, Berkshire and Litchfield counties.
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Tempertures - Wind - Travel Conditions.
This will be a very cold storm with temperatures generally in the teens through its duration. The coldness will result in a very light dry snow which will be easier to move vs. a heavy wet snow and greatly reduce the chances for power outages locally. However, the snow will also be easier to blow around which will lead to greatly reduced visibility late Monday night through Tuesday in snowfall rates which could at times exceed two inches per hour. A strong NNW wind will develop Monday night ranging from 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph, with gusts increasing to 30 mph on Tuesday. Whiteout conditions at times will be possible leading to dangerous travel conditions from later Monday night through Tuesday.
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Storm Departure.
Because it is not yet clear if and for how long the storm could stall near Cape Cod, possibly doing a loop, it's not clear when the snow will end. A more progressive storm would allow heavy snow to taper off locally through early Tuesday night. However, should the storm remain stalled for a longer period of time, snow of varying intensity could linger through Tuesday night. This is yet to be determined.
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Potential Storm Accumulations.
There will be a sharp cut-off on the northern and western edge of the Nor'easter, which is typical of these types of storms, to the snow. That cut-off will likely fall somewhere across eastern New York which makes the call on amounts difficult. It would at this time appear that snowfall of 18"-26" will be possible in Dutchess, southern Berkshire and Litchfield counties with 14"-18" widespread through the Mid Hudson valley, northern Berkshire County and much of Vermont. 8"-14" of snow at this time appears possible in the eastern Catskills including Schoharie County, the Capital Region, Lake George-Saratga Region and Washington County. 4"-8" of snow for the western Catskills, much of the Mohawk valley and Adirondacks. These are preliminary and will be adjusted and storm track becomes more clear during the day Monday.

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This Morning:  Thickening cloud cover.
Wind: N-NE 5-10 mph
Sunrise:  7:15 AM
Temps: 5-10 at Sunrise, mid to upper teens by Noon
 
This Afternoon:  Cloudy skies.
Cold.
Some occasional light snow from time to time.
Any accumulations through the early evening generally 1" or less.
Wind: NNE 5-10 mph
Sunset: 5:00 PM
High: Lower 20s
 
Tonight:  Snow increasing in coverage and intensity after midnight.
Moderate to heavy snow developing towards Tuesday morning.
Breezy.
Cold.
Wind: North, increasing to 10-20 mph, gusts to 25 mph
Sunrise:  7:14 AM
Low: Lower teens
 
Tomorrow:  Snow, moderate to heavy at times.
Windy at times.
Blowing snow with greatly reduced visibility.
Hazardous travel conditions.
Very cold.
Wind: NNW 15-25 mph, gusts to 30 mph
Sunset: 5:02 PM
High: Upper teens
 
Tomorrow Night:  Snow tapering off to flurries.
Brisk wind.
Wind: NW 10-20 mph, with higher gusts
Low: Near 10
 
Wednesday:  Flurries possible during the morning, otherwise generally dry.
A mixture of clouds and sunshine.
High: Mid 20s
 
Thursday:  Mixed sun and clouds.
High: Near 30
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