The National Weather Service has placed Orange County under a Winter Weather Advisory as a wintry mix is forecast to overspread the area amid a nearly snowless winter.
The advisory is in effect from 7:00am on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, through midnight on Wednesday night into Thursday. Snow and mixed precipitation is expected. The National Weather Service is forecasting a total of 2-5″ of snow.
Snow is forecast to overspread the area on Wednesday morning or early afternoon before mixing with and gradually changing to plain rain. Daytime temperatures are forecast to reach 35 degrees and temperatures are expected to rise to 41 degrees shortly after midnight.
The National Weather Service explained that freezing rain should not be an issue because the changeover from snow to rain should be quick. In addition, the ground temperatures are not expected to be conducive of freezing rain as temperatures are forecast to remain above freezing.
Widespread liquid equivalent precipitation totals are forecast between 1-2″, including rainfall and the liquid equivalent of any snowfall. Had the storm been an all-snow event, the area would have likely received 10-20″ of snow at a standard 1:10 ratio of liquid to snow.
Meanwhile, a Winter Storm Watch has been posted for Sullivan County and the western portion of Ulster County.
For western Ulster County, total snow accumulations of 4-9″ plus a light glaze of ice are expected from Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night. Wind gusts to 35 mph are expected in those areas. Periods of moderate to heavy snow are expected throughout the day before mixing with sleet and freezing rain during the nighttime and eventually turning to plain rain.
For Sullivan County, total snow accumulations of 5-8″ with wind gusts to 30 mph are possible from Wednesday morning through Wednesday night.
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