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Quiet & cold

<B>(Saturday Evening, February 9, 2013)</B> Clear skies continue and the breeze lets up tonight, allowing for temperatures to drop into the sub-zero range. Another sunny day is in store before our next weather-maker arrives early Monday.
Much of the Northeast is still feeling the crippling effects of the historic blizzard that dumped heavy snows and brought gusty winds into the first part of the weekend. We’ve seen snow totals upwards of 3’ in Connecticut, with a widespread 18-24” through much of New England and downstate New York. In terms of winds, hurricane force gusts were not uncommon. The highest gust residents of Cuttyhunk, MA saw was 83mph.
 
With no blocking mechanism in place, the blizzard has now begun to move off the coast and out to sea. High pressure moving in from the west is effectively clearing our skies here in central New York, and with the pressure gradient dropping we’re seeing the breeze starting to let up. Clear skies and light winds will make for a cold night- expect that many may drop below zero by morning.
 
High pressure only slowly moves to our east during the day Sunday so we expect sunshine and a nice recovery from our cold start. Highs will be in the low 30s, making for a lovely February day.
 
A new storm system coming out of the middle of the country will track northeast into the Great Lakes Monday.  Southerly winds ahead of the system will try to bring milder air into central New York. Initially, cold air will hold tough so there could be a brief period of wintry mix and freezing rain before we go over to rain showers Monday afternoon.

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