Good evening everyone! Well, we have had a rather quiet go at things "weather-wise," but of course that is about to change as Sandy tracks closer. Many of you know by now that Sandy is expected to make landfall in south-central New Jersey. Here's the thing... it doesn't matter where the center of the storm tracks in because impact will be felt across most of the eastern seaboard, even up into Maine.
Major impacts for us include strong winds. A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning for sustained winds across the region 25-35 mph and gusts possible between 50-60 mph. For those who live near western facing slopes of the Green Mountains and in the NEK, be on high alert starting tomorrow afternoon, as sustained winds are expected to be between 30-40 mph gusting anywhere from 60-80 mph occasionally. Winds will continue to increase throughout the day reaching their peak starting around 5PM Monday evening to 3AM overnight Monday into Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, winds should start to die down. With all of this said, wide-spread power outages are very plausible and many schools have already posted closings. I expect we will continue to see more closings as we near Monday and/or delays.
Rainfall is not considered to be a major impact with Sandy. Any flooding is expected to be minimal to moderate. Addison county and Orange county southward will be under a flood watch starting Monday evening and continue into Wednesday morning. We will start with showers across the region early tomorrow and heavier/more steady rainfall is expected to move in (heaviest in southern VT) later in the afternoon.
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