– Storm system continues to track up the east coast.
– Temperature is key with this type of weather event.
– Intensity of precipitation has decreased this afternoon.
– Pattern shifts back to the winter cold by next weekend.

Coastal Storm:

Low pressure is slowly continuing to ride up the East Coast this afternoon.

The trickiest factor with this storm is the temperatures, not only at the surface, but aloft in the upper layers of the atmosphere.

We had warmer air aloft and that’s what has kept precipitation in the form of freezing rain, sleet and ice pellets for Syracuse overnight. Higher elevations, the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes areas were cold enough to see snow earlier.

This afternoon, snow will taper to scattered snow showers and a bit of a wintry mix. Scattered snow showers will continue into the overnight and early morning.


Other than a few flurries early, Wednesday will be cloudy and temperatures will be in the mid 30s. A disturbance in the upper atmosphere over the Great Lakes will bring the chance for scattered rain showers later in the evening.

As we transition into Thursday, some snow mixes in with the scattered rain showers as colder air slowly works in.

The return of winter’s cold:

After a break of winter and a little taste of spring the last few days, some colder air looks to make a come-back.  Some lake effect snow showers are likely by the end of the week.

Temperatures by next weekend may not make it out of the 20s for highs.