Some parts of the country are expected to get buried in a ‘bomb cyclone’ moving through the Northeast. As for the Capital Region, we’ll get the precipitation, but more in the form of very heavy rain instead of snow.
The National Weather Service says the downpours will begin Thursday night and go into Friday. As much as 3 inches of rain could fall in the Capital Region. Strong winds are also expected to accompany the storm – some parts of of Northern New York are already under a High Wind Watch, where gusts could reach 60 mph.
A major storm will bring heavy rains, snowmelt and strong winds to the local area Thursday night/Friday with much colder air quickly arriving Friday evening. A High Wind Watch has been issued for late Thursday night/Friday for the southern Adirondacks. #nywx #ctwx #mawx #vtwx pic.twitter.com/BJ4OzDmLkp— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 20, 2022
To add to the craziness of the weather, temperatures on Friday will rise into the 50’s, before significantly dropping back into the 20’s on Saturday.
Your temperatures as we move toward Christmas weekend! A roller coaster ride for sure 🎢 pic.twitter.com/BPzx6NHQBh— Alyssa Caroprese (@CBS6Alyssa) December 21, 2022
With the heavy rain and temperature drop Friday night into Saturday, this could cause a ‘flash freeze’ over the area, where roads could become iced over. Strong winds are also a concern Saturday with potential dangerously cold wind chill temps.
A large storm system will be impacting much of the country in the days leading up to Christmas. Here’s a brief look at the timeline of expected hazards over eastern New York and western New England. pic.twitter.com/WtqvdvV2Tw— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 20, 2022
It should be noted, if you plan on traveling to other parts of the country, some areas are expected to get hit hard, which could impact travel on a major scale.
The eastern 2/3 of the country will be impacted by a strong low pressure and associated arctic cold front through the holiday weekend. Extreme cold, heavy snow, damaging winds, and even heavy rainfall with flooding are all likely. Dangerous travel is expected for many areas. pic.twitter.com/cDMk6PE4WD— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) December 20, 2022
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