Report by Paula Antolini
March 17, 2017 10:42
Light Snow Predicted to Arrive This Weekend in Bethel and Surrounding Areas
According to the National Weather Service, today’s weather is sunny and a high will reach 39 degrees. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. West wind 8 to 13 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 16. Calm wind.
Saturday’s forecast is for light snow, mainly after 2pm. High near 39. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Saturday night will bring more snow. Low around 27. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday snow is likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. North wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Sunday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
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Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 925 AM EDT Fri Mar 17 2017 ...Evaluation of Blizzard Conditions for the March 17, 2017 Winter Storm... The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to further verification by the National Weather Service. A blizzard occurred over portions of northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and interior southern Connecticut on March 17 2017, during the morning and early afternoon. The official definition of a blizzard: -Sustained winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph. -Considerable falling and/or blowing snow -Visibility frequently reduced to less than 1/4 mile -Occurs for three hours or more. When reviewing whether a particular location had blizzard conditions, visibilities equal to 1/4 mile were counted. This is because these are quite low for an automated visibility sensor to detect. At Stewart Airport (Newburgh, NY), blizzard criteria was met from 945 AM to 345 PM. Erroneous gusts to 57 mph may have been reported during the first two hours, but nearby observations supported winds 35 mph or greater. The observation only reported blowing snow, but snow was verified by radar. At Oxford-Waterbury Airport (Waterbury, CT), blizzard criteria was met from 840 AM to 1155 AM and 130 PM to 435 PM. Snow was confirmed by radar. While Poughkeepsie/Dutchess County Airport (Poughkeepsie, NY) is just outside our forecast area, the observation is supportive of conditions that occurred in nearby Putnam County NY. Blizzard criteria were generally met between 1218 PM and 531 PM. The present weather sensor failed, but snow was verified by radar. While Sussex Airport (Sussex, NJ) is just outside our forecast area, the observation is supportive of conditions that occurred in western Orange County as well as western Pasaic County. Blizzard criteria were generally met between 930 PM and 253 PM. At White Plains, NY, Danbury, CT, Meriden CT, Caldwell, NJ, Teterboro, NJ, Bridgeport CT, and New Haven, CT, the highest winds occurred when the precipitation was mixed and/or light snow. Visibilities were all over the required criteria of 1/4 mile or less during the strongest winds. *****
Flood Awareness Week 2017 – March 13 – March 17, 2017
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.
NOAA and the National Weather Service want you to know that flooding is a coast to coast threat across the United States and its territories during all months of the year. Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property.