Lake Effect Snow and Cold Today

<B>(Friday February 1, 2013)</B> Most of us will remain windy and cold today with snow off and on. The morning commute could be slow with lake effect moving into the Syracuse area by 7am. Whiteouts and zero visibility can be expected in the band of snow.
Lake effect snow that affected areas north of Syracuse last night is now on its way south into Central New York for the morning commute. By 7pm today, snow totals are expected to reach 3-7 inches in Central New York including Syracuse, with lesser amounts north and south. Zero visibility, whiteouts, and snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour will occur in this band today. 

As winds turn a bit more into the northwest later this morning, lake effect snow will continue to shift back into the Finger Lakes and weaken.  Behind this morning’s band, the lake will feed more flurries and squalls into the area on and off throughout the day with highs in the low 20s.  By the evening, a lake effect band will reorganize and affect the Syracuse area before moving north later tonight giving some additional accumulation. The air mass moving in for today is not nearly as cold as what we went through last week but still our temperatures will be about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year. 

Regarding the weekend, lake effect will be well north of Central New York on Saturday as winds shift, moving any lake effect up towards Watertown and Massena during the day. By Saturday evening, a new system moves into the area bringing some light flurries to Central New York. For Sunday afternoon, snow will become more wide spread across the area with this new system. Once we hit Sunday afternoon, winds will shift back to the northwest providing a good setup for another shot of lake effect Sunday night into Monday morning. Temperatures will remain cold throughout the weekend into the beginning of next week.
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