SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Thursday Daytime:
The weather over central New York through sunset Thursday will be dry with no travel issues.
Some sun could mix in with the clouds during the middle of the day but regardless temperatures will remain above normal. Syracuse could approach 50 degrees.
Precipitation will move into central New York from the southwest during the first part of the night. Early in the evening rain (perhaps mixing with snow) will move across the Finger Lakes. Rain should move into the Syracuse area at or just before midnight.
As one storm over Pennsylvania weakens and a new storm strengthens just off the East Coast our precipitation will increase over central New York. This process is key since the air over us as the storm starts is not hat cold. The strengthening process of the low helps to cool the lower atmosphere you look for a changeover from rain to snow during the overnight.
There will likely several inches of wet snow on the ground by the time you wake up Friday morning.
Our snow will be at its heaviest for the Friday morning causing a rough commute but the snow continues through the day Friday.
By Friday evening the snow is winding down but not before a storm accumulation of 5-10 inches around the Syracuse area. However, elevation will play a key role in how much snow falls.
Over higher terrain (where the change to snow occurs sooner) look for accumulations of a foot or more. That would roughly be from Route 20 south and also over the Tug Hill.
In addition to the wet snow on Friday, the wind ends up rather gusty out of the north-northwest. Given the wet snow could weigh down trees, the addition of winds gusting past 30 mph brings up the possibility of isolated power outages. Again, that is most likely over higher terrain.
Snow will taper to just a few snow showers Friday night into Saturday.
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