What you need to know about today's snow storm

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Friday:

A late season Nor’Easter is taking shape off the Northeast coast this morning. Our rain has changed over to snow as temperatures cooled through the 30s.

Snow will fall heaviest Friday morning, causing a rough commute. The snow will continue through the day Friday.

By Friday evening the snow will wind down but not before a storm accumulation of 8-12 inches around the Syracuse area. However, elevation will play a key role in the final snow totals.

Over higher terrain (where it will be cooler) look for accumulations of a foot or more.  That would roughly be from Route 20 south.

Here's our map of snowfall from this storm.

In addition to the wet snow on Friday, the wind will be gusty out of the north-northwest as our coastal storm strengthens. Given the wet snow that will weigh down tree limbs, the addition of winds gusting past 30 mph brings up the possibility of isolated power outages.  Again, that is most likely over higher terrain.

This will not be a paralyzing storm by any means. While travel will be difficult Friday morning, road conditions will improve during the afternoon and evening.

Keep in mind this snow will fall with temperatures near or a little below freezing, producing a wet, heavy, moisture-laden snow. This will make it tough to shovel.

Friday night:

Snow will taper to just a few snow showers Friday night.  After the evening there should be little if any additional accumulation. Temperatures will drop below freezing so anything that melts late in the day will re-freeze.

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