Winter Storm Could Bring More Than 1 Foot Of Snow To CNY
We have all the ingredients for some potentially significant snowfall in parts of our area. Are you ready for one more go around?
In Central NY, amounts range from 4-8 inches in the lower valleys to between 6-12 inches in the higher elevations. If a strong and persistent deformation band of snow does indeed set up over parts of our area, it would not be out of the question to see localized amounts greater than 1 foot...again, mainly in the higher elevations. Snow may fall heavily at times during the day on Friday, especially within hard to predict mesoscale snow bands. When snow is falling heavily, it is likely that temperatures will cool from dynamic/wet bulb cooling to around or just below freezing. Low rapidly deepens to cause northwest winds to pick up through the day on Friday (15-30 mph), which along with the weight of what will be fairly dense sticky snow on trees, could lead to scattered power outages. Keep monitoring the forecast as this event draws nearer. The snow eventually tapers off to scattered snow showers and flurries later Friday night as low temperatures dip into the mid to upper 20s. Gusty NW winds continue on the back side of the departing low-pressure system.
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES INCLUDING ONEIDA...
* WHAT...Heavy snow is possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are possible. The higher end snow amounts will be in the higher elevations.
* WHERE...Northern Oneida, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Southern Oneida, Tioga, Broome and Sullivan Counties.
* WHEN...From late Thursday night through Friday evening.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Friday. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Scattered showers, mainly between 7 pm and midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday: A chance of rain, mainly after 4 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Light and variable wind becoming east 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday Night: Rain, mainly after 8 pm. Low around 33. East wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.
Friday: Rain and snow before 8 am, then snow between 8 am and 2 pm, then rain and snow after 2 pm. High near 37. North wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Friday Night: Snow likely before 10 pm, then a chance of snow showers, mainly between 10 pm and 4 am. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.
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