Weather forecast calls for snowy commute Friday in Hudson Valley

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Hudson Valley residents could face another challenging commute on Friday morning when the week ends with a steady dose of snow.

Many people slogged through a nightmarish commute on Wednesday morning thanks to a blast of ice and freezing rain, and another bad morning on the roads could be in store for the area Friday.

A few inches of snow are expected to pile up on Friday morning, starting overnight. AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Walker said the region could see three to six inches of snow. The New York City area and coastal communities are projected to be on the higher end of that range, with less snow falling as you get farther away from the coast.

The National Weather Service predicts three to five inches of snow in Westchester and Rockland counties, two to five inches in Dutchess County, two to four inches in Putnam, Orange and Ulster counties and three inches in Sullivan County.

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess from midnight until noon Friday.

Snow is expected to hit the Hudson Valley on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
Snow is expected to hit the Hudson Valley on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

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People should expect slippery, hazardous road conditions that could impact the Friday morning commute, according to the weather service.

"There could be some slow travel conditions" on Friday morning, Walker said, with the potential for icy roads as snow gets packed down, especially on untreated surfaces.

He said there could be about a 12-hour period of snowfall, with flurries tapering off midday.

Snow is likely to start falling overnight, mostly after 1 a.m. as temperatures dip into the mid-20s, the weather service said. There is a 90% chance of precipitation overnight.

There is a 50% chance of snow continuing through Friday morning before the day turns sunny and temperatures top out around the freezing mark, according to the weather service.

The weekend should then be chilly, with temperatures dropping to the teens on Friday night. Saturday is likely to be sunny, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees before settling in the mid-20s Saturday night.

More messy weather could return Sunday, when there is a 70% chance of precipitation as temperatures break into the mid-30s. There is a chance of snow on Sunday morning, followed by a mix of snow and sleet in the afternoon and evening, according to the weather service.

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This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Snow could slow Friday morning commute in Hudson Valley

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