Updates to Sandy and Impact on the Valley 10/26

The latest on Hurricane Sandy.

I have to say that since I wrote the previous blog 24 hours ago, it's amazing what can change.

Here is the latest cone track and yes we are fully engulfed in the cone. The two orange lines represent the possible landfall options with Sandy. This is still uncertain at this time.

However, no matter where the landfall is, let's make a few things clear. We will be impacted no matter what.

It's the degree of the impact that could vary.

Also, we will feel impacts starting on Sunday and that will likely last through Wednesday.

No matter where the storm hits.

Okay, now that we have that stated, let's talk about the landfall options.

This was also mentioned in yesterday's blog. Should Sandy make a landfall a bit more to the north, New Jersey area, we will still see strong winds and rain. The northern Valley would see the heaviest rain but still for the area, the rain would be on the lower end of the spectrum. This option also would allow for more cold air to mix in with the wrap around flow, maybe a wintry mix mixing in but more upslope snow for the higher elevations and western facing slopes.

Landfall option two, which is looking more likely. Landfall near the Delmarva, or even D.C. The cold air would still be a factor but the bulk of the cold would stay to the southwest. There is still an upslope snow component and likely chance, but most would stay south of our area. The more southern track would bring stronger winds, and heavy rain possible.

Again, no matter the landfall, we will be impacted.

This is a big storm. Don't let the "Category 1" status of Sandy fool you.

This is a bad storm no matter the name, or if it becomes a hybrid Low.

As of the latest advisory tropical storm force winds extend out 275 miles. That's winds 39 mph or more.We are outlinefd in that probability as shown from the graphic above.

Here is one of the forecast models from Monday morning where winds really pick up, and they could stay at 30-40mph with higher gusts for 2 days.

Stay tuned as we continue to hammer out the details.

But now is the time, if you haven't already.

And trees you've been meaning to trim, do it Saturday.

Leaves, rake them up! The leaves falling into drains can clog them and cause flooding. Prep your family for power outages. It's so much better to be prepared and hope for the best then to not be prepared at all.

Remember, some of the worst storms and flooding the Valley has seen are from Hurricanes. So don't let your guard down just because we do not live along the coastline.

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