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More of the Same

<B>(Tuesday Midday March 26, 2013)</B>Rain and snow showers will gradually come to an end this afternoon across central New York. A brighter sky is expected later this afternoon as temperatures climb into the lower 40s. It will still feel and look like winter tomorrow as it will be breezy and cool with more snow showers.

A large area of low pressure is centered well off the Nova Scotia Coast this midday with high pressure dominating the central portion of the country.  Over the next several days, the aforementioned low pressure is forecast to move little as northwest winds continue to spin cooler-than-normal air into central New York. 

Thus, this will keep us on the cool side along with periodic threats for flurries or snow showers.  We dealt with one period of flurries this morning as moisture spins south from Canada. This moisture will move south of the region this afternoon and drier air should take its place and allow for partial late day sun.  Another opportunity for flurries and/or snow showers, and perhaps our best chance of the work week, will occur later tonight and tomorrow as energy in the upper atmosphere spins south around the huge ocean storm.  With temperatures above freezing much of the day tomorrow, any light accumulation will have to occur during the overnight or early morning hours. 

By the end of the week, this storm should loosen its grip on our region resulting in winds shifting into the south and southwest.  In turn, milder air will move into the region, particularly on Easter Sunday as high temperatures may reach or possibly exceed 50.  While the arrival of milder air is a good thing for many people, it will come in ahead of another surge of colder air.  It’s still early, but this next surge of cold air is currently forecast to arrive for early next week as we start the month of April.

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