Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Winter Storm Strengthens: Wind Advisory Added As Forecast Worsens

The National Weather Service has added a Wind Advisory to supplement the Winter Storm Warning for Orange County. Near-blizzard conditions are now expected for Sullivan County.

As of 9am, precipitation was transitioning between rain, sleet and snow across Orange County. Temperatures are rapidly dropping and the changeover is expected to begin shortly. In Sullivan County, heavy snow and freezing fog is now being reported.

For Orange County, a Wind Advisory is now in effect from 11am today until 4am tomorrow. Sustained northwest winds of 20-25 mph could gust to 50 mph. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7pm tonight for 4-7″ of snow. The warning explains that travel could become very difficult due to areas of blowing snow and possible downed tree branches.

For Sullivan County, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7pm tonight for 7-12″ of snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. Although a Wind Advisory has not been issued, the National Weather Service warns that near-blizzard conditions are possible. Heavy snow could produce snowfall rates of 2-3″ per hour between 8am and 2pm. Areas of blowing and drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility.

For western Ulster County, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10pm tonight for 5-10″ of snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. A Wind Advisory has not been issued. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour are expected this morning into this afternoon. Travel is expected to be very difficult due to heavy snowfall rates, low visibility, and gusty winds causing blowing and drifting snowfall.

For eastern Ulster and western Dutchess Counties, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 7pm tonight for 3-6″ of snow and wind gusts to 45mph. A Wind Advisory has not been issued. Snowfall rates may reach 1″ per hour late this morning and this afternoon.

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