The ‘bomb cyclone’ that’s wreaking havoc across parts of the country will make its way to the Capital Region Thursday night into Friday. Although not expected to bring a significant amount of snow to the area, the system will bring very heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous icy conditions.
Travel could be dangerous Friday afternoon as a passing cold front will lead to rapidly falling temperatures and the potential for any wet, untreated roads to quickly become icy. This is the approximate arrival time of subfreezing temps (32F or less). #nywx #vtwx #mawx #ctwx pic.twitter.com/3uL8xk7Eq3— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 22, 2022
Temperatures on Friday are expected to reach the low 50’s, but quickly plummet into the high teens and 20’s Friday afternoon. The low temps are expected to cause a ‘flash freeze’, meaning roads, sidewalks and bridges could become iced over quickly before the rain has time to run off.
The National Weather Service says the freezing temperatures could arrive as early as 2pm Friday, making the drive home – as well as holiday travel – quite treacherous.
There are already high wind warnings, flood watches and winter weather advisories in effect for much of the area.
The wind will pick up tonight into tomorrow – gusts could be up to 60 mph. It's a good idea to secure any loose items outside that could blow away like flags, Christmas decorations & garbage pales. pic.twitter.com/EWKUDSqcPe— Alyssa Caroprese (@CBS6Alyssa) December 22, 2022
Today will start dry, but rain and snow spreads across the area this afternoon and evening. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for higher terrain. High Wind Warnings, Wind Advisories and Flood Watches are also in effect for some areas. pic.twitter.com/TKyU4LCUI2— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) December 22, 2022