Update: Weekend Snowfall Less Than Expected, Still Uncertain

Update January 22:

The National Weather Service (NWS) is now calling for between 5 and 9 inches of snow in southern Westchester through Sunday, and 2 to 8 inches elsewhere in the county.

The Winter Storm Watch initially declared for southern Westchester has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning by the NWS.

The difference, explained by the NWS here,  is that winter storm watches indicate “conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events).” Warnings, meanwhile, are issued for a “significant winter weather event including snow, ice, sleet or blowing snow or a combination of these hazards.” Travel could become difficult or impossible in some situations, according to the NWS.

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Stay warm, folks.

It looks like there will be less snow for the Hudson Valley than the rest of the east coast is all hyped about, but don’t put away your shovels just yet. 

There is still some uncertainty surrounding the exact cut off boundaries of the storm on recent weather models. Hudson Valley Weather reported Thursday that residents south of I-84 should expect 3 or more inches of snow, but still exercise caution in case the storm moves further north in the next few days. 

“You’ve also got to keep in mind there’s going to be a really sharp cutoff between the areas that get a decent amount of snow and the areas that get very little or nothing,” Accuweather meteorologist Tom Kines told The Journal News. “A small change in the track of the storm can mean big differences in the final outcome.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) has released a Winter Storm Watch for the Lower Hudson Valley with expectations of 4 to 8 inches of snow accumulation from 6 am Saturday through to 1 pm Sunday. The storm watch is predicting temperatures in the high 20s and possible wind gusts of 15 to 20 mph. 

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The NWS also issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Southern Westchester to be aware of possible moderate coastal flooding during high tide Saturday evening.

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