Gusty winds, colder & a little snow this evening

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The winds are howling as the cold air deepens and lake snow is going to develop soon for parts of CNY. How much lake snow falls and where?? All the details are below…

Spring warmth getting blown out of CNY

The spring-like warmth, 60s, were blown out of CNY late Wednesday afternoon and evening with temperatures nose diving about 20 degrees in an hour in Syracuse between 4 and 5 pm!

Flash freeze this evening?

Behind the cold front, temperatures are dropping into the 30s this evening and will go below freezing after 7 causing anything wet to turn icy quickly (Flash freeze). Rain showers end as a bit of snow showers this evening as temperatures eventually drop into the 20s later this evening producing some slick spots on untreated roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.  

Howling winds bring about the cold change

Winds have shifted to the west-northwest and howl at times over 45 or 50 mph tonight dropping wind chills into the single digits to around 10 later tonight.

Winds of this magnitude could produce scattered power outages and minor property damage. So be careful if you are out and about tonight anywhere in CNY.

Cold air spells lake snow, but where?

This quick temperature plunge will be followed by a band of lake snow developing southeast of Lake Ontario near the Syracuse area mainly after midnight into Thursday morning.

How much?

5 to 8 or more inches is possible in the most persistent snows during this time frame which may include the Syracuse area, especially the northern suburbs.

This could make the Thursday morning commute a tricky/slick one for the Eastern Finger Lakes/Syracuse area. We expect near 0 visibility in and around the band thanks to blowing and falling snow.

When does the lake snow end?

Thankfully, high pressure builds in quickly with drier air causing the lake snow to dissipate quickly Thursday afternoon and the winds to settle later Thursday afternoon too.

Highs Thursday won’t get out of the 20s with wind chills remaining in the single digits and low teens throughout the day. Bundle up CNY!

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