Showers from the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy were over portions of the New York southern Tier this morning, as well as coastal southern New England. Clouds from the system had overspread the Capital Region, and satellite pictures indicated that thicker clouds were on the way from the Atlantic Ocean.
Sandy is still a powerful Hurricane early this morning, and had increased in strength and intensity overnight as she moved over the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean’s famed ‘Gulf Stream’. Sandy is forecast to alter course from a northerly movement this morning, to a more northwesterly movement by this afternoon. By evening, the system should be on a more westerly track, with landfall forecast over the southern New Jersey area, in the vicinity of the New Jersey and Delaware border.
High wind warnings and flood watches remain in effect for the entire Capital Region through Tuesday. Winds will begin to pick up across the region as Sandy heads toward the mid Atlantic coast this afternoon and evening. In fact, current observations across southern New York and Southern New England indicate gusty winds are already occurring there, and this should translate northward through the morning hours.
Rainfall with the system should commence over the region during the afternoon and may be heavy at times through the overnight and early morning hours. This, combined with potentially damaging winds, will lead treacherous travel conditions to say the least. In general, 2 to 4 inches of rainfall is anticipated from the system over the bulk of the Capital Region before things wind down Tuesday afternoon.
Unsettled conditions will persist through the middle of the week as the low pressure center moves north through Western New York on Wednesday. The system is forecast to be in the vicinity of the Saint Lawrence Valley on Thursday, before being picked up by the northern branch of the jet stream and accelerated into northern Canada by the end of the week.
Some chilly air will be transported into the region by week’s end as high temperatures will likely only be in the 50’s by the time the weekend rolls around.
…Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
National Weather Service Flood Watch in effect from Noon EDT Monday through late Tuesday Night
National Weather Service High Wind Warning in effect from 9AM EDT Monday through 11AM EDT Tuesday
Today: Increasing, thickening and lowering clouds with periods of rain developing during the afternoon. Rain may be heavy at times. Becoming windy. High 55-60. North to northeasterly winds 5-15 MPH early, increasing to 15-30 MPH with higher gusts to near 50 MPH possible during the afternoon. Chance of rain is 100 percent.
Tonight: Periods of rain, heavy at times. Very windy. Low near 55. Easterly winds 25 to 45 MPH with higher gusts to near 55 MPH possible at times before midnight. Winds of 15 to 35 MPH with higher gusts to near 45 MPH will be possible after midnight. Chance of rain is 100 percent.
Tuesday: Periods of rain in the morning, diminishing to showers by afternoon. Remaining breezy. High 60-65. Southeasterly winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts possible. Chance of rain is 80 percent.
Tuesday Night: Cloudy with periods of rain and showers. Low near 50. Variable winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 60 percent.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with showers likely. High near 55. Southeast winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 60 percent.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers. High near 55 and low near 45.
Friday: Partly sunny and breezy with a 30 percent chance of showers. High near 55 and low near 45.
Saturday: Partly sunny and breezy. High near 50 and low near 35.
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