For the most part, Central New York will enjoy a relatively quiet day as a cold front closes in on the region. We’ll probably see some limited sunshine. However, areas well north of Syracuse and east of Lake Ontario can expect, thanks largely to a brisk west to southwest wind, more in the way of clouds along with a threat for lake effect snow showers. We’re expecting up to a couple of inches accumulation possible by this evening over the Tug Hill.
For the rest of us, snow showers and flurries will be more likely toward and especially after sunset as the aforementioned cold fronts close in on the region. Later on tonight, probably near the time of the ball dropping to ring in the New Year, snow showers and even a few heavier squalls will be common around Central New York. Most of the region can expect 1-3” of new snow tonight, though locally higher amounts are possible.
Once the cold front passes, winds will become more northwesterly and import colder air into the region. This will result in the threat for lake effect snow showers and flurries, which may give some additional accumulations. Also, temperatures will likely hold steady or fall during the day as the colder air arrives.
While no big storms are anticipated over the next several days, we’ll still need to keep an eye on a few episodes of lake effect snow showers this week as temperatures look to remain below average for this time of year.