Winter storm expected to wallop Lower Hudson Valley overnight into Tuesday morning

Six to nine inches of snow are expected to fall in the Lower Hudson Valley starting overnight Monday accompanied by winds up to 40 mph, which could mean a slippery morning commute on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Rockland, Putnam and parts of Westchester Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weather system is expected to start as rain tonight around 10 p.m. and could turn into a light snow around 1 a.m. About an inch of snow is expected before midnight.

The National Weather Service said coastal communities could see higher amounts of snowfall and a chance of flooding.

Accuweather forecast for snowfall potential on February 13
Accuweather forecast for snowfall potential on February 13

Parts of southern Westchester and Connecticut near the Sound Shore are under a coastal flood advisory from 11 p.m. Monday into 2 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service said 6 inches to 1 foot of water could damage low-lying properties like roads, parking lots and basements.

The snow is expected to taper off by 6 p.m. Tuesday, bringing clear and sunny skies to the area by Wednesday.

Schools in the Lower Hudson Valley, including the Yonkers schools, had begun to announce Tuesday snow days as of early Monday afternoon.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said at a briefing Monday that Westchester County Police will have extra patrol and emergency service workers on call Tuesday, as well as extra staff from ConEdison and NYSEG. Latimer declared a state of emergency in Westchester on Monday night.

He said residents should stock up on food and other supplies to avoid being out on the roads in dangerous conditions. He also urged residents to stay out of the cold, especially older people and children, who are most at risk for health dangers caused by low temperatures like frostbite and hypothermia.

"We are New Yorkers. We have lived through a lot of winters already. This nothing new, but the bottom line is that we still have to be prepared for it,” Latimer said.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and highway superintendent Skip Vezzetti said in a news release Monday county residents should stay off the roads and stay vigilant and prepared in case of an emergency.

“The key to keeping our roads clear is having as many cars off of them as possible during the storm," Day said.

Orange & Rockland Utilities said in a news release Sunday that it had begun to prepare to mobilize its emergency response workforce to repair potential damage and restore possible outages. On Monday, O&R announced that it had obtained additional overhead line crews.

Day's office said any Orange and Rockland customers who experience a power outage should report it by:

  • Visiting oru.com/ReportOutage.

  • Visiting O&R’s mobile app from an iPhone, iPad or Android device

  • Texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU)

  • Calling 1 (877) 434-4100

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Hudson Valley weather: Winter storm warning issued