Winter Storm Warning in effect for Rockland County and surrounding region
Weather forecasters predict a winter storm heading into the area will bring 5-10″ of snow for Rockland County, mostly during late Thursday and in the early morning hours of Friday. Northern Rockland is forecast to receive slightly more snow than southern Rockland.
The storm system will run into a near-record blast of arctic air. This will keep the moisture of the system down, but conversely lead to higher than typical accumulation for the amount of moisture produced, as colder air creates snow that is drier and fluffier.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 4 a.m. Thursday, January 2 through 1 p.m. Friday, January 3. Light snow showers should move into the area during the day Thursday, but the heavier precipitation is predicted to begin in the evening.
Winds will be Northeast at 15 – 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Wind chills will be deadly Thursday night, averaging -15 to – 5 degrees. The high temperature will be in the upper 20s, with a low Thursday night/Friday morning of around 0 degrees and a high temperature Friday of 15 degrees or so.
Meteorologists caution that the forecast may change over the course of the next 24 hours.