Forecast warns of rain, winds in Westchester & snow for Orange, Ulster
Torrential rains, heavy winds and 4-foot-high waves could flood shoreline roads and basements in southern Westchester County on Wednesday, the National Weather Service warned.
The storm system could dump almost an inch of rain on the area by morning Wednesday and an additional half inch by 1 p.m., forecasts predicted.
Although the lower Hudson Valley will get slammed by rain, stretches to the north -- including parts of Orange and Ulster counties -- could get 4-6 inches of snow and sleet from the storm, which is expected to last through most of the day Wednesday.
The NWS issued a coastal flood advisory for southern Westchester and a winter storm warning for a stretch of Orange and Ulster counties. In Westchester County, traditionally flood-prone areas are at risk, along with the Sound Shore.
The nasty weather is the product of "not one but two storms," News12 meteorologist Joe Rao said.
"One over the Midwest ... [is] a second storm forming over the Carolinas. All of this is lifting and pushing all of this precipitation and this gusty wind out ahead of it."
In southern Westchester and Rockland counties, temperatures will peak in the high 40s Wednesday, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.
It will be colder farther north, forecasts predicted, with temperatures rising from the low 30s in the morning to 40 degrees by midafternoon.
The soggy weather is expected to last through the week, with at least a 50 percent chance of rain every day until Friday, when forecasts predict temperatures in the high 40s under partly sunny skies.