(WSYR-TV, Syracuse) The Storm Team continues to track Hurricane Sandy, which is forecast to make landfall in New Jersey tonight. A notable characteristic about the storm is its size. We’re seeing tropical storm force winds (39-73mph) extending nearly 500 miles away from the hurricane’s center. As Sandy edges closer to the coast today, central New York will begin to feel its effects.
What we can expect today is a relatively quiet start with clouds and temperatures in the low to mid 50s. Beginning this afternoon, winds will pick up out of the north and will increase to 20-40mph through this evening. Winds will shift into the east through tonight when we will experience the highest winds, likely gusting towards 60mph. The gustiest time period will be from late this afternoon through Tuesday morning.
Another concern is for flooding, which will likely be localized to poor drainage areas and those near small streams. We’re also watching the flood potential for areas near the Lake Ontario shoreline, since northerly winds could pile up the water over the southern shore. Overall though, the threat for rain is looking to be less than originally anticipated. The forecast is for .5-2” by Wednesday (Halloween).
By Tuesday afternoon, rain and wind will still be prevalent, but the worst of the storm should be over. Sandy will weaken as it moves inland, but the storm’s presence will be with us through the end of the week as it is slow to move out. We are expecting wet and blustery conditions through Saturday.