Lake effect snow north of Syracuse tonight...
It will be an interesting weather set up over central New York tonight. We are in the process of scouring out the arctic air that was over us last night into today. Temperatures down at the ground will actually continue to warm into tonight. While this is going on, however, our temperatures aloft will stay cold. An increasing west wind will bring lake effect snow back into the picture. For most of central New York there will be little if any accumulation tonight but it will be a different story east of Lake Ontario. Several inches will fall there with up to a foot of new snow possible over the Tug Hill.
Conditions won’t be quiet as favorable for lake effect tomorrow but there will still be snow showers around. The bigger story tomorrow will be the westerly winds that will gust to 30 mph or beyond during the day.
Tomorrow night into early Saturday our winds will begin to diminish but they will also turn into a more northwesterly direction. This could bring a more widespread area of snow showers down into the Syracuse area. It doesn’t look like the snowfall during this time will be all that heavy.
A weak weather system will move through central New York Sunday with another round of snow showers or even steadier light snow. After that, high pressure will build in from the west and our weather will become quiet early next week. It still seems to be a good bet that we will warm up toward the middle of the week but the real question is how quickly moisture (and rain) returns to central New York and the Northeast. Some of our computer models bring wet weather in here as early as Wednesday but one model that tends to do better in the longer term holds rain off until Thursday. We are leaning toward that solution and we will keep our weather dry until Thursday.
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