Colder with Rain Changing to Snow...
A cold front is shifting east of central New York this evening and temperatures will continue to steadily drop tonight. That means precipitation that starts the evening as rain will change to wet snow. This change over will take place first over higher elevations (where temperatures will be cooler) then works its way down to lower elevations like Syracuse. Accumulations of snow will generally be light tonight, say a couple of inches or less although there could be some slightly higher totals over higher elevations.
A much cooler day is on tap for tomorrow. The widespread, steady snow will be over by daybreak but the cool air aloft and west-northwest winds will mean lake effect snow showers are a good bet at least through the first half of the day.
Beyond tomorrow, the weather for Syracuse and the entire Northeast gets rather quiet for Mid December. Jet stream winds aloft will shift back north into Canada and that will allow for mild Pacific air to move east across the country. While 70 degree weather is not in the cards (like last week) the mid 40s we have in the forecast are almost 10 degrees above normal for this point in the season.
A weak cold front will try to move through central New York either Friday or Friday night. It won’t cause much weather around here but it may cool us just a touch to start the weekend. The next significant weather system for central New York is headed east toward us for Sunday and Monday. There is still a bit of uncertainty as to the track of the storm system and that would impact whether we get rain or wet snow. Stay tuned.
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