High winds and snowfall expected in Central New York
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:49:18 GMT —
High winds, dropping temperatures and lake effect snow for some in the Central New York area are projected in Thursday's forecast.
Watch Peter Hall's full weather forecast for Thursday above.
A travel advisory was issued for all of Lewis County due to hazardous driving conditions from icy or slippery roads and blowing snow. Lewis County Emergency Management urgers drivers to use extra caution.
Route 29 is closed in Herkimer County, between Dolgeville amd Salisbury Center, for over 4 hours beginning at 11:00 a.m. due to a tree with wires down.
Winds are expected to whip throughout the region reaching between 50 and 60 mph in some areas. A wind gust at Hancock International Airport at 3:35 a.m. Thursday was clocked at 51 miles per hour. There are high wind warnings and advisories throughout the area.
There are urban and small stream advisories for southeastern Onondaga, southern Oneida, Cortland, Tompkins and Madison Counties due to the winds.
The rain is expected to leave the area by around 8 a.m. and will change into snow flurries and showers. Lake snow will begin directly east of Lake Ontario and slowly work it's way down to the Syracuse area.
Areas directly east of Lake Ontario will get anywhere from 1-3 to 6-12 inches by 5 p.m. Small patches around Parish could see as much as a foot to two feet by 9 a.m. Friday. The Syracuse area is expected to get 1-3 inches of snow.
The North Syracuse Central School district sent students and staff home from Gillette Road Middle School at 9:45 a.m. Thursday due to concerns of high winds.
Power outages were scattered Thursday morning, from about 4,400 in Seneca County in central New York to more than 10,000 in the Hudson Valley.
The National Weather Service says high wind warnings remain in effect until later Thursday from Buffalo to Albany. A wind gust of 63 was recorded in Penn Yan in the Finger Lakes.
Forecasters say temperatures will continue to fall throughout the day from Wednesday's record-breaking high temperatures in the 50s and 60s to the 30s and 40s Thursday. Highs will be in the 20s Friday, when parts of western and central New York are expected to more than a foot of lake-effect snow.
The high today was 39 degrees with a low expected to be around 19.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)