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Hudson Valley braces for 10-day cold snap

The Hudson Valley could receive up to 16

The Hudson Valley could receive up to 16 inches of snow Friday and Saturday as a nor'easter roars through the region. (Dec. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

The Hudson Valley will get a light dusting of snow Monday night, which likely won't affect Tuesday's morning commute, but meteorologists are telling residents to brace for winter's wrath nevertheless as the region is about to get socked with 10 days of the coldest air it has seen in two years.

The region will receive light snow and wind gusts of up to 15 mph from late Monday afternoon until sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight, said News12 meteorologist Brysen Van Eck.

"This is going to be a general dusting, maybe an inch in a couple of isolated spots," Van Eck said.

Behind the snow will come the arctic air. Tuesday's high will be a frigid 20 degrees, but winds of up to 25 mph will make it feel colder, according to News12 meteorologists. Similarly, the forecast high will be 16 degrees for Wednesday and 24 degrees for Thursday.

Friday may seem comparatively balmy, with a forecast high of 31 degrees, but News12 meteorologists predicted that 4-6 inches of snow are also a possibility that day.

Hudson Valley temperatures historically have hovered in the 30s in January and February, Van Eck said, but he predicted it will be about 15 degrees colder than normal in the next 10 days.

"The last time we had a substantial amount of days below freezing was January 2011," Van Eck said. "This looks like a 10-day snap."

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