Forecast: Quiet today then cold returns

Low wind chills and lake effect likely again


- Some sun and more tolerable Wednesday with less wind too.

- Changes coming again as arctic air returns in Thursday afternoon.

- Wind picks up with low wind chills Thursday afternoon through Saturday.

- Lake effect snow also becomes an issue again.

- Accumulating snow likely in Syracuse area starting Thursday afternoon..



Briefly more tolerable with sun for midweek:


High pressure will build in for Wednesday and provide all of CNY with some sun, lighter winds and yes, no snow for a change. High temperatures should make the low to mid 20s Wednesday making it feel like a heat wave compared to what we’ve been dealing with the past several days!


Turns dangerously cold yet again late in the week:


You may have heard about a big coastal storm on the national news networks the last few days. We are not expecting much snow from this coastal storm in central New York, BUT it’s the brutally cold air, gusty winds and lake snow on the backside of that storm that are going to be the issues CNY has to deal with Thursday into the weekend.


Believe it or not, but this shot of arctic air slated to arrive late Thursday afternoon right into the weekend will likely be the coldest of the season and possibly the coldest in years!

The last time Syracuse experienced a high temperature of 0 or below was back on January 21st of 2005, and that may just happen again Friday and/or Saturday! Best chance for this dubious feat to occur appears to be Saturday. We shall see…


Regardless of whether our high temperature stays below 0° Friday or Saturday,  gusty winds will produce wind chills well below zero. Wind Chill Watches are already up for all of central New York which means the potential of wind chills of 10 to 20 below.  The go into effect starting Thursday evening.


Accumulating lake snow and blowing and drifting snow is likely too both of these days. The wind direction is favorable for the lake snows to be around the Syracuse area.


Any relief in sight?


Yes, there is! Our long-range computer model guidance is suggesting that temperatures could be near or even above freezing by Monday and Tuesday! However, it may not stick around long. Stay tuned…

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