As the Hudson Valley woke up to cold temperatures and even colder wind chills the past couple of mornings, a huge warm up is on the way. Saturday will still be cool, with highs in the 40s and chance for rain, but it's Sunday that we're looking at. Could the are see record high temperatures by late weekend? Spring is only a few weeks away, and could certainly feel like it come Sunday.

The Weather Channel has Sunday's high in the mid to upper 60s. This, of course, could differ between now and then. But what most meteorologists seem to be agreeing on is that cloudy skies and a chance for afternoon showers will prevail, so don't expect a bright and sunny day. This should melt away the remainder of last week's snow and ice that's still on the ground in some areas. location could also be a big factor, as the further you go south into Westchester and Rockland, the warmer it could get.

Some parts of New York City could see 70 degrees.

Spring Cold and Snow? 

Weather experts have been looking ahead to spring, and some of their long-term predictions are indicating that the cold weather may stick around. Could the area even see snowstorms well into March and April? While it took awhile for the winter chill to finally settle in across the Hudson Valley, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok says that colder than normal weather may linger well into the spring months. And while it won't be anything like what we're experiencing now, Pastelok says that the potential is there for frost and freezes weeks later than normal, which could affect crops. The prediction calls for a longer spell of colder than normal air, which could bring with it "plowable snow" to the northeast into late March, and possibly April.

Once the colder air finally breaks, AccuWeather says the potential is also there for severe thunderstorms to build later in the spring across the south and midwest. Some of these cold fronts could bring strong thunderstorms to the Hudson Valley and northeast as they push through. Precipitation amounts are expected to be around normal this spring, which is at least good news if you're worried about a drought.

Accuracy? 

Of course, the question here is; how can they predict the weather three months out when they can't even get the forecast right for the next day? Some extended forecasts may differ from others. Last year, AccuWeather predicted pretty much the same forecast, with snowstorms well into March in the Hudson Valley, and we ended up getting no snow after February. Could that happen again this year? We'll just have to wait and see.

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