Westchester residents preparing for the Arctic blast that will be bringing dangerous cold to the air this weekend may also get some snow. The National Weather Service has updated its special weather notice for southern Westchester County:
- Wind Chill Watch in effect from February 13, 04:00 PM EST until February 14, 12:00 PM EST
- Special Weather Statement
The Watch also encompasses an earlier start, at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Wind Chill Warning in NYC and Southern NY State
Dangerously cold wind chills Saturday night and Sunday morning. Wind Chill Warning remains in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday.
Locations: Interior portions of southern Connecticut, much of the Lower Hudson Valley, and Western Passaic County.
Hazard types: dangerous to potentially life threatening wind chills.
Timing: coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Wind Chill, from 25 to 30 below zero, due to temperatures as low as 9 below, and winds northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
Impacts: the frigid conditions will be extremely dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure will cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes, Frostbite and hypothermia.
Because temperatures could reach 5 degrees below zero, with northwest winds of 10-20 mph, the wind chill factor could go as low as 25 below, the NWS says. The combination has the potential to result in frostbite and hypothermia in living things and frozen pipes in people’s homes.
“Please take this weekend’s weather seriously,” says Bill Potter of Hudson Valley Weather. “Conditions like these are not just uncomfortable, they are potentially dangerous if you get caught outside unprepared for any length of time.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to exercise caution ahead of dangerously cold temperatures forecasted for many areas of the state this weekend.
“As severe winter weather blankets the state this weekend, I encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and remain indoors,” Cuomo said. “This administration is taking every measure to protect the public safety and as temperatures drop below zero, New Yorkers should exercise caution and avoid all unnecessary travel.”
There is a slight chance of snow showers before 1 a.m. Saturday, and then another chance again, this time after 3 a.m.
It will be frigid overnight, with a low temperature between 12 and 14 degrees and wind chill values between 5 and 10.
As the deep freeze sets in Saturday, there will be a slight chance of snow showers between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The rest of the day will be partly cloud with falling temperatures which should reach the single digits by nightfall.
A Wind Chill Watch begins at 6 p.m. Saturday run through noon Sunday. The will be the coldest part of the weekend as temperatures plunge below zero, with what the National Weather Service describes as “life threatening wind chills” of -25 to -30 due to strong northwest winds in the evening and overnight into the morning.
The hazards include extreme and dangerous cold; frozen pipes, frostbite and hypothermia.
The National Weather Service advises residents to wear layers, including hats and gloves; bring pets indoors; and to heat homes safely and only with indoor approved devices.
On Valentine’s Day, temperatures may challenge a record low of 2 that was set in 1916, AccuWeather.com said.
Call 211 if you have non-life threatening issues. If you see discolored water or decreased water pressure, contact the police or fire departments and provide your location so they can access the area for any water main breaks. The Armory will be open as a warming center, should no one utilize this facility by 12am, it will close and you will be directed to fire stations listed below for warmth through the night. Lastly so pipes do not freeze, let your faucets drip.
Mount Vernon Warming Center Locations and Numbers:
The Armory (144 N. 5th Avenue)
Phone: (914) 665-2435
Fulton Avenue Firehouse (435 S. Fulton Avenue)
Phone: (914) 665-2618
3rd Street Firehouse (50 W. 3rd Street)
Phone: (914) 665-2621
Stay warm tonight and please use these locations to avoid the arctic conditions outside. If you see anyone who might need a warming shelter please pass the information on to them. Stay Tuned to BW for continued updates.