Monday forecast: Spring snowstorm, but little or no accumulation

Samantha Rhodes and Monique Cardoso, both 18 and

Samantha Rhodes and Monique Cardoso, both 18 and of Harrison, walk on Purchase Street in downtown Rye as snow begins to fall last week. (March 18, 2013) (Credit: Faye Murman)

Drizzling rain and light snow won't present much trouble to Hudson Valley commuters and travelers heading to Passover seder Monday night.

"The roads will be mostly wet, not white," said News12 meteorologist Joe Rao.

An early spring snowstorm that dropped as much as 8 inches in Ohio and the Midwest will lose much of its punch before it reaches the East Coast, Rao predicted. At the same time, another storm off the coast is likely to bypass the Hudson Valley before hitting the Canadian coastline.


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"We find ourselves right in the middle between the two," Rao said. "That's why we're not getting anything."

An inch or two of snow could accumulate on cold surfaces, like grassy lawns and decks, but it will melt on warm roads, said Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"There's not going to be much coverage on the roadways," he added.

The outer edge of the snow should fall somewhere in Orange and Putnam counties, Morrin said. Ulster and Dutchess counties won't see any snowfall.

"This is strictly a coastal system," he said.

Temperatures should hover around the low to mid-40s until the evening, Rao said. Overnight, the thermometer will drop briefly to freezing, but the roads won't ice up much, he added.

Things should dry out for the rest of the week as the storm clears out, Morrin said. It will be "generally dry and chilly" for the rest of the week, he said, with high temperatures in the below-normal mid-40s. Easter weekend should be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the low 50s.

Long-range forecasts say that temperatures should remain the same into next month, meaning the Hudson Valley can expect chillier-than-normal weather, including dense cloud cover, for the next two weeks, Rao said.

During this time of year, the temperature during the day normally should reach the low 50s, Rao said.

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