Tuesday November 22 2016

Cool week ahead
School Forecast through:
Friday November 25th
Last Updated: 9:00AM Tuesday November 22, 2016

Two Hour Delay No School Early Dismissal
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Tuesday November 22nd

Highlights:

• Decreasing clouds through tomorrow
• Unsettled Thursday through Saturday
• Cool; slightly warmer by Friday

This weekend's snow event brought as much as 8 inches of snow over the mountains of Ulster County, yet Kingston managed to barely see a trace of snow. Other parts of the state saw as much as 30 inches of snow. Kingston received 0.7 inches of rain early Sunday morning.

The weather will enter a calmer clearing phase today and tomorrow as the storm system pulls away from the region. However, the next storm system to impact our region will arrive on Thursday. The system may bring some light snow before daybreak on Thursday, which may then mix with or change to rain showers by the afternoon. The precipitation will likely taper off Thursday evening. Currently, it does not appear that we will receive much in the way of snow accumulation: likely less than half an inch. Clouds will remain on Friday before another storm system approaches likely bringing rain showers Friday evening into Saturday morning. Temperatures will be below average through the week, and we will likely remain below 50 degrees until at least Friday.

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Water Levels Fall;
Drought Warning Declared
Tuesday November 18th

The ongoing drought has continued to worsen across the area. Within the past week water levels at Cooper Lake, Kingston's main reservoir, have fallen to 65%. This is down from 70% at the beginning of the month, and 75% in mid-October. As a result, the City of Kingston has declared a "Drought Warning". At the current rate more severe "Drought Emergency" could be declared by the end of December. Only two emergencies have been declared since 1980 [Link].

"Warning" vs. "Emergency"

The current Drought Warning does not carry mandatory restrictions for water users. The public is asked to voluntarily conserve water, while businesses are asked to reduce their water use by 15%. Should a Drought Emergency be declared, all non-essential water use would be banned and businesses would be mandated to reduce water use by 25%.

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Caption: Cooper Lake was at 70% capacity on November 1st.

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Caption: [October rainfall] was closer to normal than September, however, Cooper Lake water levels have continued to fall due to city demand.

Please consider ways to
reduce your personal water use.

Extended-Outlook School Impact Probability
November 28th - December 2nd
Last Updated: Monday November 22nd

Delay Cancellation Early Dismissal
Monday (28th) Very Low Very Low Very Low
Tuesday (29th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Wednesday (30th)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Thursday (1st)
Very Low Very Low Very Low
Friday (2nd)
Very Low Low Low

Next Update:
Sunday November 27th

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