Meteorological spring is here. Spring weather? Not so fast.
Powerful gusts continued well into Tuesday afternoon throughout the tri-state area, and combined with frigid temperatures made for a bitter start to the first couple days of March. Check the latest weather alerts for your neighborhood here.
Peak wind gusts reached up to 62 mph in Eatons Neck on Tuesday, Storm Team 4 said. Blustery winds between 25 and 35 mph could be expected through Tuesday. The dangerous gusts could bring down tree limbs and cause significant power outages for spots within the tri-state area.
In New York, more than 26,000 customers were without power as of Tuesday morning. Ulster County in the Hudson Valley was hardest hit, with more than 11,000 households and businesses affected.
A wind advisory was in effect from Monday night until 4 p.m. Tuesday in New York City, where the winds forced ferry operators to suspend service from at least one Brooklyn pier.
Fallen wires in Connecticut forced police to close more than a dozen roads, including streets in Windsor, Wethersfield, Farmington and Burlington. More than 17,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning in the state.
New York City Department of Buildings sent out a reminder to secure construction sites, buildings and equipment over the strong winds.
As winds subside throughout the evening, there comes good (and warm) news on the horizon: temperatures rebound into the 50s with sunshine on Wednesday.
Thursday falls a bit cooler, back to the mid-40s, but the sun will be out and it will still feel like a welcome reprieve from the winter storm-filled month of February. With the winds out of the picture, we're looking at a sunny and comfortable weather pattern into the middle of next week, when temps could near 60.
March 1 marked the first day of meteorological spring. The next three months are when meteorologists and climatologists break the seasons down and observe the annual temperature cycle according to the monthly calendar.
In case you need something to look forward to, the average high for Tuesday is 46 degrees and the average high for March 31 is 75 degrees. We're on our way.