(WSYR-TV, Syracuse) The weather over Central New York during the middle of the week will become quite active as a major winter storm heads up along the East Coast. The storm is currently over Louisiana and is causing severe weather over the Deep South while blizzard conditions rage over parts of the southern Plains. This storm will head northeast tonight and tomorrow and will reform along the Mid Atlantic coast tomorrow evening.
For Central New York, the heart of this storm will be tomorrow night. During the day Wednesday our clouds will increase but we think that snow will hold off in Syracuse until just after sunset. When the snow arrives it will quickly pick up in intensity and for a while tomorrow night the snow will be falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour. In addition to the heavy snow, our winds will be rather gusty out of the east causing considerable blowing and drifting snow. Travel around Central New York will be treacherous Wednesday night into the first part of Thursday.
By Thursday morning, low pressure will be near New York City and will shift east off Cape Cod by later in the day. This means that even though the snow will continue over central New York throughout the day Thursday we feel the snow intensity will decrease.
It looks like the heaviest snow from this storm will fall over the Finger Lakes north into Oswego County up to Watertown, where 12-18” are possible by the time things wind down Thursday afternoon and in isolated areas, there could be up to 2" of snow.
In the Syracuse area, a solid 8-12” are possible and east of Syracuse toward Utica and Norwich (where some sleet could mix in) 4-8” of snow are possible.