New record low set for Saint Patrick's Day

BREAKING: It's official! Syracuse has broken the record low for St. Patrick's Day. 7am temperature for Syracuse was 4°. That breaks the old record that also occurred in 1961 and 1916. Records go back to 1902.

Elsewhere across central New York, many places are starting this morning in the single digits. There are lots of areas across the colder countryside, especially over the North Country and Adirondacks that are starting below zero. The coldest spots this morning are in Old Forge and Potsdam where temperatures are starting between -10 and -20° (below zero).

The "coldest high temperature" on record for Syracuse appears to be safe. That record is 18° set back in 1961. My forecast calls for a high temperature near 25°. Along with the cold temperatures, at least we should have plenty of sunshine. Thankfully, a snow storm stayed to our south. However, places over the mid-Atlantic from roughly Philadelphia and Atlantic City south to Washington D.C. will see steady to even heavy snow at times.

While today is the coldest start in St. Patrick's Day history on record, take a look at the weather graphic attached to this web story. It shows what the normal high and normal low are. It also shows you the record high, the record low, the most rainfall and the most snowfall.

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