One thing for certain is Central New York is in for some bitterly cold temps. Not so certain is some Lake Effect Snow Squalls developing later this morning. The National Weather Service has issued Wind Chill Warnings for nearly the entire state, while the snow squalls appear to be set up along I-81 corridor. Here's the latest.

WHAT...  Wind Chill Warnings from 2 this afternoon until 6 Thursday night for Northern Oneida-Seneca-Southern Cayuga-Onondaga-Schuyler-Chemung-Tompkins-Madison-Southern Oneida-Cortland-Chenango-Tioga-Broome-Bradford-Susquehanna-Wyoming-

Wind chills of 20 below to 30 below zero are expected as wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph this afternoon. Exposed skin will be subject to frostbite in less than 30 minutes. In the Mohawk Valley, the Wind Chill Warning is in effect from 5 this afternoon until 1 tomorrow afternoon.

Photo Credit -
Photo Credit -

The Weather Service has also released a special weather statement regarding developing Lake Effect Snow Squalls in Northern Oneida-Southern Cayuga-Onondaga-Chemung-Tompkins-Madison-Southern Oneida-Cortland-Chenango-Otsego-Tioga-Broome-Delaware-Sullivan-Bradford-Susquehanna-Northern Wayne-Wyoming-Lackawanna-Luzerne-Pike-Southern Wayne

Snow squalls will develop late this morning and track across NY and PA through this afternoon. Snow squalls will form west of I-81 between 10 AM and noon, then spread across the I-81 corridor between 11 AM and 2 PM, and into the Western Catskills and
Poconos between 1 PM and 4 PM.

The amount of snow won't be tremendous, but be prepared for whiteout conditions during heavy squalls. Jefferson and Lewis Counties in Upstate New York are still under a Winter Storm Warning with another 1 to 2 feet of snow expected by Friday.  Several travel bans have been put into effect for I-81 and The Thruway.

Photo Credit -

Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
  • Download the Eagle App You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications.