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Snow slowly tapering off overnight

<B>(Friday Night, February 8, 2013)</B> Widespread snow will taper off to flurries by sunrise Saturday. The big issue Saturday will be gusty northwest winds and cold temperatures. As the wind dies down Saturday night, temperatures will drop to near 0.
Widespread snow will continue tonight, but the significant, heavy snow is over for CNY.  The main focus now is in the Northeast, where hurricane force winds are lashing Boston.  Parts of New England will see snowfall rates approach 3 to 6 inches per hour.  This is one powerhouse of a storm.

While the coastal low will be hammering the New England Coast with a blizzard Saturday, it will be too far east to have a direct impact on our weather here in central New York.  The pressure gradient between this deep low and a high pressure system building in from the west will cause a gusty breeze, especially the first half of the day.  The high is part of a cold, dry air mass that will begin to settle into the region so we expect sunshine to return.

The high will build right over us Saturday night.  Clear skies and light winds will mean cold conditions with Syracuse dropping close to zero with colder readings in outlying areas.  High pressure only slowly moves to our east during the day Sunday so we expect sunshine and a nice recovery from our cold start.

A new storm system coming out of the middle of the country will track northeast into the Great Lakes Monday.  Southerly winds ahead of the system will try to bring milder air into central New York. Initially, cold air will hold tough so there could be a brief period of wintry mix before we go over to rain showers
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