Snow accumulates today

<B>(Saturday December 29, 2012)</B> Snow is here and will be at its heaviest and steadiest through mid afternoon. Though snow showers will become lighter, they will continue to accumulate. Many can expect 2-5” by this evening.
A new storm system coming out of the middle of the country will impact the Northeast to start the weekend.  However, this doesn’t look to be a repeat performance of our midweek snow storm. This storm is forecast to move northeast and eventually off the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Coast Saturday night.  Two major things make it different from the storm we already saw this week. First, it’s farther off the coast and farther away from Syracuse than the midweek storm. Second, this storm is forecast to be weaker. Still, we expect enough snow to shovel, perhaps even snow blow… in the 2-5” range by midnight Sunday (late Saturday night).
It should be noted, if you’re headed to NYC for the Pinstripe Bowl, accumulating snow is likely there as well Saturday. Some could see enough snow to reach that 2-5” in the city as well, but rain mixing in may reduce snowfall accumulations in the Tri-State.
Colder air will work into Central New York for Sunday as the storm departs off the East Coast.  The colder air (along with northwesterly winds) will likely trigger lake effect snow showers, though at this time significant snowfall is not anticipated.
 Looking ahead toward the end of 2012 and start of 2013, snow showers are in the forecast as an arctic cold front looks to move into the region.  Were this to materialize, then a shot of cold air would be here by New Year’s Day as well as the threat for lake effect snow showers.

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