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Syracuse now 4th snowiest March on record with half of the month still to go. What's next?

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As expected, a combination of widespread moisture combined with some lake enhancement caused many areas to receive quite a bit of snow late Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. In fact, Syracuse officially received 11.8" of snow as of 12:50 AM Thursday. With that nearly fresh foot of snow, Syracuse now has 40.6" of snow so far for the month of March.

This places Syracuse with the 4th snowiest March on record through the first 14 days of the month with still half of the month left to go. We are less than 1" away from 3rd place. The snowiest March on record occurred during the same month that had the Blizzard of '93. See below.

Normal snow for the entire month of March is 18.0". Records in Syracuse go back to 1902.

Here are the top 6 snowiest months of March:
(1) 54.4" - 1993
(2) 45.0" - 2001
(3) 41.3" - 1992
(4) 40.6" - 2018
(5) 40.3" - 1984
(6) 38.6" - 1947

Here is what's next for this morning:
Most of the immediate CNY area including Syracuse should see any leftover flurries or very light snow showers taper off through this morning and give way to a mixture of clouds and sunshine. It will become breezy with some blowing snow. Temperatures will be in the 20s rising to near 32 by 12 PM. Wind chills this morning will be in the Teens rising to near 20 by Noon. New snow will generally be little to nothing additional snow for most of CNY. However, an additional coating to 1" will be possible for some hill town areas south of Syracuse before tapering off. Further northeast, portions of the Tug Hill Plateau, Adirondacks and far North Country could pick up another 1-3" before tapering off late this morning. Wind: W 10-20 MPH.

Here is what's next for this afternoon:
Expect a mixture of sunshine and clouds with flurries. A brief passing steadier snow shower may pass through the central and southern tier. It will be blustery with some blowing and drifting snow. Expect temperatures to rise into lower to middle 30s this afternoon. Wind chills will be in the lower to middle 20s. Wind: W 10-20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH.

Here is what's next for tonight through Friday:
A new arctic cold front will pass through and allow even colder air to infiltrate our entire area. This will also cause a threat for localized lake effect scattered snow showers, thin bands of snow squalls and flurries during this period. While the air is colder and should allow for more lake instability, we will not have as much regular moisture to work with as with this last snow threat. With that in mind, during Thursday night through Friday, expect occasional on and off snow showers, flurries and passing snow squalls. The snow showers will then become more scattered and lighter through Friday afternoon. New snow for most of our area should be about 1-4", but localized amounts of 4-8" will be possible in the most persistent squalls.

To find out exactly how much snow to expect, watch NBC3 and CBS5 right now.

Temperature trend for the next 7 days & beyond:
If you were looking for warmer weather, I am sorry to tell you that there will be no warmth over at least the next 7 days. My 7 day forecast shows highs never higher than the 30s. Looking even further out, the temperature trend for the next 8 to 14 days shows a better than even chance for below normal temperatures. This 8 to 14 day period takes us nearly to the end of March.

Important note about Syracuse records:
--Records between 1950 and now are kept at Syracuse Hancock International Airport (which is technically North Syracuse).
--Records between 1902 and 1949 were kept in downtown Syracuse mostly at firehouses.
--While the distance between the 2 places is less than 10 miles, there is some difference between these 2 locations on average for both temperatures and snowfall.
--Typically, Hancock Airport will receive more snowfall on average than downtown Syracuse. This is due to being closer to stronger Lake Ontario lake effect snow bands before they weaken as they move southward.
--Typically, downtown Syracuse will be milder than North Syracuse due to the "urban heat island" affect from downtown buildings versus an open field of an airport runway.


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