A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for ALL of central New York, except Jefferson, Saint Lawrence, and northern Herkimer counties through Friday morning.
A winter storm warning means that significant winter weather and poor travel is likely over widespread areas during the period outlined.
In this winter storm situation, here is what we are watching
Steady widespread snow will continue through this evening, moderate at times. This is a long duration event of steady snow across all of our area. An important factor with this particular situation is that it is snowing at very cold temperatures (mainly between 0° to 7° across CNY tonight. It will be even colder across the North Country). This is important because the salt brine mixture that is used by plows to melt the snow will not be as effective at these temperatures versus if it was snowing at around 25 to 32°. Therefore, the combination of consistent steady falling snow and very cold temperatures, road conditions will be hazardous through today and tonight. This area wide snow, moderate at times, will ease to a general light snow after Midnight tonight.
We still expect total accumulations by 9am Friday will be 6-10" across a good chunk of central and southern New York. There will be a few isolated spots with over 10". The best chances for this too occur will be along the south shore of Lake Ontario west of the city of Oswego to Rochester and over notrh facing hills of central and southern New York. The further north you travel, the lower to snowfall totals will be. The very far North Country will have only 2-6" of snow. Follow us on Twitter for details and Follow me @WayneStormWatch.
Additional light snow showers and flurries south and south-southeast of Lake Ontario will provide for some light additional accumulations on top of what is mentioned above, especially for areas west of Syracuse and south of Lake Ontario.
As you will read below, wind chill advisories and warnings have been for parts of the North Country and north-central New York. Tough outdoor conditions will occur across many areas through Friday. The most dangerous and worst wind chills will be found across the North Country where the wind chills could fall as cold as -35° below zero tonight & Friday morning. However, central New York will see frigid wind chills as well to as cold as -10 to perhaps -20° late tonight and Friday morning. If you need to be outside during this time period, please dress in layers, cover any exposed skin, and limit outdoor time to avoid frostbite.
If your area has a winter storm warning, here is what you should do
-- Significant winter weather will be occurring in the warned area. Be prepared for difficult and hazardous travel at times in the warned area.
-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on CNYcentral.com.
-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible issuance of lake effect snow warnings and advisories.
-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to other counties, especially if you are travelling.
-- Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Jefferson and northern Herkimer counties through Friday morning.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties but should not be as heavy as areas that have a winter storm warning. Be prepared for slick and slippery conditions, especially on untreated roads.
A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for Jefferson, Lewis and northern Herkimer counties until 12pm Friday.
A wind chill warning is issued when strong winds will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is 25 degrees below zero or colder for a period of several hours. If you will be outdoors, use common sense and dress warmly. Make sure that all exposed skin is covered. If possible, avoid prolonged exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
Stay updated with this situation with these links
Interactive Doppler Radar
Triple Doppler Radar
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-- Watches/Warnings: (Make sure to hit the 'F5' key to refresh the page.)
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