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000 NOUS41 KOKX 171917 CCA PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 171730- Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 317 pm EDT Fri Mar 17 2017 ...Evaluation of Blizzard Conditions for the March 14, 2017 Winter Storm... The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to further verification by the National Weather Service. A blizzard occurred over portions of northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and interior southern Connecticut on March 17 2017, during the morning and early afternoon. The official definition of a blizzard: -Sustained winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph. -Considerable falling and/or blowing snow -Visibility frequently reduced to less than 1/4 mile -Occurs for three hours or more. When reviewing whether a particular location had blizzard conditions, visibilities equal to 1/4 mile were counted. This is because these are quite low for an automated visibility sensor to detect. At Stewart Airport (Newburgh, NY), blizzard criteria was met from 945 AM to 345 PM. Erroneous gusts to 57 mph may have been reported during the first two hours, but nearby observations supported winds 35 mph or greater. The observation only reported blowing snow, but snow was verified by radar. At Oxford-Waterbury Airport (Waterbury, CT), blizzard criteria was met from 840 AM to 1155 AM and 130 PM to 435 PM. Snow was confirmed by radar. While Poughkeepsie/Dutchess County Airport (Poughkeepsie, NY) is just outside our forecast area, the observation is supportive of conditions that occurred in nearby Putnam County NY. Blizzard criteria were generally met between 1218 PM and 531 PM. The present weather sensor failed, but snow was verified by radar. While Sussex Airport (Sussex, NJ) is just outside our forecast area, the observation is supportive of conditions that occurred in western Orange County as well as western Pasaic County. Blizzard criteria were generally met between 930 PM and 253 PM. At White Plains, NY, Danbury, CT, Meriden CT, Caldwell, NJ, Teterboro, NJ, Bridgeport CT, and New Haven, CT, the highest winds occurred when the precipitation was mixed and/or light snow. Visibilities were all over the required criteria of 1/4 mile or less during the strongest winds. $$ DS

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