Freezing rain, dangerously cold temperatures on the way


After the first significant snowstorm of 2022 for the NY-Metro region, another winter storm is on the way to close out the weekend. However, this one will come in the form of freezing rain leading to dangerous icy conditions. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and the entire Hudson Valley between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

In the meantime, although the sun did make an appearance Saturday afternoon, it did absolutely nothing to keep us warm. Temperatures throughout the day were at or below freezing. With wind chills in the single digits and teens, the frigid air could be felt down to the bone.

As temperatures increase Saturday night, it will likely stay below freezing until later Sunday. The bitter cold combined with snowpack from the previous snowstorm will set the stage for rain to freeze on contact. The storm will likely get underway around 5 a.m. in the Hudson Valley and New Jersey before spreading east. There will likely be a transition to light to moderate rain between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with points north and west of the city the last to see the changeover.

However, slick spots will continue to be problematic, especially on untreated surfaces. Keep in mind that even though the five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk County are not under the winter weather advisory as of Saturday evening, icy glaze is still a concern for those locations. The system is expected to taper off from west to east between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Finally, an arctic cold front will arrive Sunday night into Monday. Winds will likely pick up significantly and there could even be snow as the extremely cold air arrives. We’ll then turn our attention to the bitter cold to start the work week with the anticipation of the coldest temperatures so far this season, and potential records being broken. Temperatures are slated to plummet into teens and single digits with sub-zero wind chills.

We’re also tracking another winter storm that could bring more snow to our region on Friday. Currently models disagree, but we’ll continue to monitor the track and bring you the latest throughout the week. As always, stay tuned for updates.

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