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Snow has returned but what happens next in CNY?

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – The calendar may say we are several days into spring, but Mother Nature has other ideas for central New York.

What falls from the sky overnight?

It is snowing for everyone as of late Friday evening, but we are watching temperatures rising overnight at the ground and especially aloft.

What does that mean?

As we get closer to sunrise areas from Syracuse south will experience a period of sleet or freezing rain. From Ithaca-Cortland-Norwich south there could even be a period of just plain rain.

North of Syracuse, where it remains colder, just snow falls the rest of tonight.

How much snow falls?

The highest snow totals could be 8-12″ by midday Saturday northeast of Syracuse and in particular from the Tug Hill into the Adirondacks. A widespread 4-8″ of snow falls over a large part of the rest of central New York including Syracuse.

Farther south, including southern Onondaga County and closer to the Southern Tier, there will be more of a snow/sleet/freezing rain mix and perhaps even just plain rain which will keep snow totals down.

A change in the temperatures by just a degree or two could cause more snow and less rain so stay tuned for updates.

When is the worst over?

There is still some steady snow to deal with Saturday morning, even in areas that saw a wintry mix overnight. The trend, however, is for the snow to wind down toward the middle of the day.

Even before the snow ends road conditions improve first as temperatures approach and rise above freezing and then as the snow intensity comes down.

It is a mostly cloudy and dry afternoon for most with little if any travel issues.

Any good news this weekend?

The sun is out brightly for Sunday making for a nicer end to the weekend. 

Running the Syracuse Half Marathon Sunday morning? It’ll be a cold, but sunny one! Temperatures will be below freezing during the race. Highs will rebound into the 30s in the afternoon.

Even warmer weather is in store early next week.

Click here for the latest 7-day forecast

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