A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the following counties:
Oswego, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Tompkins, northern Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and northern Oneida counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Madison, Southern Oneida, Cortland, Chenango and Otsego counties until 7 p.m. Wednesday
Some of these area did have Winter Storm Warnings has of Tuesday night – they have since been dropped.
In this winter system scenario:
Central New York is still seeing some wrap-around moisture from an exiting system well east of us. Colder air is also filtering in aloft, which could generate some localized, isolated areas of lake-enhancement with slightly heavier snowfall. Generally, snow is light across the area, but winds are expected to strengthen this morning, gusting to about 35 mph. This could result in some areas of blowing snow, reduced visibility and slick roads. While this morning’s commute will likely not be the worst this season, you will still want to give yourself plenty of extra time to brush off the car and travel slowly into work or school.
Between 4 AM Wednesday and 5 PM Wednesday, elevation continues to play a big role to new snowfall. Lower elevations will receive about 1-2″ of new snow. As we’ve been stressing, higher elevations will likely see a bit more, localized spots seeing 3-5″ of new snow.
Here are 2 forecast maps of a running total of new snow between 4 AM Wednesday and 5 PM Wednesday. The first map is a zoomed in CNY map. The second map is much of upstate NY. Note the big elevation variation.
Between 5 PM Wednesday and 7 AM Thursday, elevation continues to play a big role to new snowfall. Lower elevations will receive another dusting to 1/2″ to 1″ or so of new snow on top. Higher elevations will received a fresh 1 1/2″ to 3″ of new snow on top.
When you add this to today’s snow, here are 2 forecast maps of a running total of new snow between 4 AM Wednesday and 7 AM Thursday. The first map is a zoomed in CNY map. The second map is much of upstate NY. Once again note the big elevation variation.
If your area has a Winter Weather Advisory, here’s what you should do:
— Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to steady snow.
— While the amount of snow in the advisory area will not be overwhelming, enough snow will occur to cause snow covered and slippery conditions, especially on untreated and unplowed roads.
— Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.
— Check out Interactive DopplerRadar and TripleDoppler Radar to see where the heaviest snow is.
— Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.– Periodically check NBC3, CBS5 and CW6 for updates.
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