A *HIGH WIND WATCH* is in effect for northern New York, all of Vermont, and western New Hampshire from Monday morning through Tuesday morning. The wind will be northeast at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts over 60 mph possible, especially along the western slopes of the Green Mountains. A few hurricane-force gusts may occur as well. The wind will strengthen on Monday, and reach its maximum intensity from late afternoon through midnight. Now is the time to prepare and stock up on water, easy-to-prepare food, flashlights, and batteries. Be especially careful if you're traveling Monday night, since downed trees, branches, and power lines are likely to be an issue. The wind is expected to slowly diminish after midnight Monday night and on Tuesday, though Tuesday may still have gusts to 40 mph, especially early in the day.
A *FLOOD WATCH* is in effect for northern New York, and central and southern Vermont from Monday evening through Wednesday morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to be 1 to 3 inches by Wednesday morning...nothing like the rainfall from Irene, but some flooding in spots cannot be ruled out.
Sandy will continue to influence our weather from Wednesday through Friday, but will be much weaker by then. Cloudy skies and showers are expected during this time period.
Stay tuned to Channel 3 for the latest updates on Sandy. Be safe, everyone!