It will be a one-two-three punch in the Lower Hudson Valley as two days of bone-chilling cold will be followed by a round of snow and ice Saturday.
The severe cold could result in the risk of hypothermia or frostbite to those spending time outdoors without proper clothing.
The bitter cold, combined with strong winds, will plunge temperatures to dangerously low levels starting Thursday.
A Wind Advisory, issued by the National Weather Service, is in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and a High Wind Watch from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. There is a High Wind Watch in effect for Dutchess from 5 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday.
Thursday will be a cloudy day with the high temperature will struggle to reach the low 20s with real-feel temps in the single digits during the day and overnight lows of 10 degrees in the Lower Hudson Valley and the single digits in points north, including Putnam and Dutchess.
The sun returns Friday, but so too will the frigid temps, with the high in the low 20s and real-feel temps in the single digits and, in areas farther north, below zero.
A storm system will bring snow and ice in the pre-dawn hours Saturday as motorists will have to contend with slippery travel from the northern mid-Atlantic states through the Hudson Valley and up into New England. Road conditions will range from snow-covered to slushy or wet, AccuWeather.com said.
"The snow can come down hard at first, which could quickly cover roads, highways and sidewalks in the major cities from the I-99 and I-81 corridors to the I-95 cities of Philadelphia, New York City and Boston with this storm," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.
Areas south of I-287 in the Hudson Valley will see 1-2 inches of accumulation, with a changeover to rain at around 8 a.m. Saturday. North of I-287 should see between 1-3 inches with the changeover occurring late in the morning and Putnam and Dutchess 2-4 inches, with the changeover to rain happening around noon.
The temperature will climb to a high of around 40 on Saturday.
More rain is likely Sunday with a high in the mid 40s.
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