Light snow today, not much accumulation: Kate Thornton's forecast

A trace to few inches expected by tonight.

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - - Light snow showers this afternoon and through the evening.
- Snow will be light and accumulations will be between a Trace and 3 inches.
- Lake effect snow develops east of Lake Ontario Wednesday.
- A colder than average temperature pattern by week’s end.

Widespread, light snow today:

We’re tracking a low pressure system moving over the Great Lakes, and will cross CNY this afternoon. This system is called an Alberta Clipper. Clipper’s originate in Alberta, Canada and are typically quick moving systems that don’t have much moisture associated with them.

Since they are fast moving and lack moisture, they don’t tend to produce much snowfall. Total snowfall accumulations for central New York today will be around a trace to 2 inches, 3 or more inches in a few local spots.

Snowfall associated with this system will begin to diminish this evening.

Lake effect machine is back in action:

Following this system, there is some lake effect snow back in the forecast. By Wednesday morning, lake snow could affect areas both east of Lake Ontario and east of Lake Erie.

On Thursday, a reinforcing shot of colder air works into central New York. Temperatures will be below average and stay below average throughout the weekend. Occasional snow showers also stay in the forecast through the start of the weekend.

More widespread snow to end the weekend:

Our next chance for widespread snow will be on Sunday and going into Monday. This system will move over the Great Lakes and at this point, temperatures look cold enough for just snow. 

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