An historic blizzard left its mark on much of the Northeast yesterday and will continue to impact the Northeast before zipping off the coast. Looking at some preliminary reports, the greatest amount of snow we’ve seen is 34” in Hamden, CT. Generally most in CT, NY, MA, and RI saw in the 12-24” range. Snow wasn’t the only issue though… winds were monstrous above 80mph in coastal Massachusetts and Connecticut.
While the coastal low will be hammering the New England Coast with a blizzard Saturday, it will be too far east to have a direct impact on our weather here in central New York. The pressure gradient between this deep low and a high pressure system building in from the west will cause a gusty breeze, especially the first half of the day. The high is part of a cold, dry air mass that will begin to settle into the region so we expect sunshine to return.
The high will build right over us Saturday night. Clear skies and light winds will mean cold conditions with Syracuse dropping close to zero with colder readings in outlying areas. High pressure only slowly moves to our east during the day Sunday so we expect sunshine and a nice recovery from our cold start.
A new storm system coming out of the middle of the country will track northeast into the Great Lakes Monday. Southerly winds ahead of the system will try to bring milder air into central New York. Initially, cold air will hold tough so there could be a brief period of wintry mix before we go over to rain showers.