Lake squalls for some during Thursday AM commute

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Spring officially started at 11:06 last night, but Old Man Winter has other ideas. Details below…

Snow squalls mainly south of Syracuse overnight

Cold air continues to flood into central New York late Wednesday evening. For the rest of the overnight we would expect more localized lake effect snow on northwesterly winds.

Winter Weather Advisories are currently up for Wayne, southern Cayuga, Onondaga and Cortland counties through late Thursday morning. That means snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities at times to a quarter mile or lower. This could lead to difficult driving conditions during the morning commute.

Although all of Onondaga county is under the Advisory, we expect only an inch or two of snow around the immediate Syracuse area. The greatest totals of 2 to 5 inches of snow end up in a narrow band south and west of Syracuse.

Chilly, mid-winter feel on Thursday

Along with the lake effect, unseasonably chilly air settles into CNY the rest of the week.

It will be a struggle for parts of central New York to crack 30 degrees on Thursday. Combine that with winds still gusting past 30 mph and you end up with wind chills in the teens all day long. Have the heavy winter coast handy!

Although it won’t be as windy Friday, temperatures still only manage to climb back into the mid-30s.

Oh, and some wintry weather possible to start the weekend

While this is all happening midweek, we aren’t losing focus on Friday night into Saturday morning.

We are tracking two areas of low pressure: one moving east from the Midwest and a separate one moving up the East Coast. We think the Midwest low has the greatest impact on central New York.

That Midwest low brings moisture back our way but the counterclockwise winds around the low also means milder air tries to return.  While it is certainly possible that Syracuse ends up with a light accumulation of snow during this time, anything more significant than 2 or 3 inches is more likely northeast of Syracuse. This is especially the case from the Tug Hill into the Adirondacks.

Stay tuned for updates.

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