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NWS: Freezing Rain, Snow

Brewster could see a total of four or five inches by Thursday morning.

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow—along with temperatures as low as 29 degrees—is slated to arrive in the region Wednesday afternoon and last at least through the night.

That's according to the National Weather Service. The agency has issued a winter weather advisory and a hazardous weather outlook for Putnam County.

The first, which is in effect from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, warns of "heavy snow," totaling about three to five inches, falling across the area. There's also a good chance that ice, about an inch thick, will be in the mix, creating "dangerous" travel conditions.

"Strong winds could down snow and ice-covered tree limbs, power lines and holiday decorations, and cause minor property damage," the advisory states. "Power outages are possible."

The hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Northern Fairfield and Westchester, too.

Specific forecasts for Brewster call for one inch of snow Wednesday, followed by two to four overnight. They also predict a range of precipitation to fall until 3 a.m. Thursday, followed by freezing rain alone. 

Thursday looks like rain before noon, with a few more showers possible during the latter part of the day. Temperatures are slated to hit 41 degrees, with wind gusts as high as 32 mph.

Ashley Tarr (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Update: Now the NWS is saying one to three inches of snow and sleet tonight. There will be heavy rain overnight, too, with foggy conditions.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
UPDATE: A large portion of Interstate 84 is closed. Here's what New York State Police said in a recently-released statement: "The New York State Police in Poughkeepsie report the temporary closure of Interstate 84 between Interstate 684 and State Route 9 and the Taconic State Parkway from State Route 6 to Interstate 84 in Dutchess and Putnam Counties. The public is requested to avoid those sections of the highway while the New York State DOT Trucks clear the roadway of snow. Roadways are expected to be reopened within the hour."
Kristen kraskouskas December 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Do you when they plan to re-open 84? Been sitting here on the highway for 30 min with no movement. It would have been nice for signage to warn motorists of the road closure instead of stranding everyone on the highway.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Just called State Police, Kristen. They said I-84 should be open within the next hour or so. They also reported several small, minor accidents, but no injuries.

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