New York State In-depth

lake snow north of Syracuse tonight; Arctic air lurks

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – Lake snow remains north of Syracuse through Wednesday evening while much of CNY enjoys calm weather. Then at the end of this week comes a dramatic change. Details are below…

The snow on the lake will continue for some time tonight

A band of moderate to heavy lake-effect snow slammed areas from near Watertown to north Oswego in north-west Lewis (Tug Hill) counties on Wednesday. About 7 inches fell in Watertown, and just over a foot of snow fell Wednesday near Henderson Harbor and Copenhagen.

The lake’s snow band is expected to remain in north Oswego, south Jefferson and the heart of Lewis counties tonight before slowly moving north after 9 or 10 p.m. We expect the band to slowly weaken overnight into Thursday morning as they move back into the Watertown area. and this band of snow remains mostly east of Lake Ontario and in and around Tug Hill Wednesday through most of Wednesday night.

Another 6 to 12+″ of fresh snow is likely in the most stubborn snowfall between Watertown and Pulaski, particularly northwestern Tug Hill, between 4 p.m. Wednesday and sunrise Thursday. Enjoy snowmobiling and business in snow country!

The rest of CNY is calm, breezy and cool under partly to mostly cloudy skies with lows falling in the teens to around 20 but wind chills are closer to 10.

Mild Thursday but a dramatic change follows

It will be windy and briefly mild Thursday with some more sun, especially in the afternoon.

The highs are expected to warm well into the 30’s which will feel ‘warm’ compared to what’s to come Friday – Saturday! However, a gusty southwesterly wind on Thursday will give the air a bite, with wind showers in the 20s.

A taste of the Arctic…

An arctic blast of the season’s coldest air so far is plunging into the northeast. The highs will struggle to reach the teens Friday through Saturday, but the greatest danger is the bitterly cold sub-zero wind chill temperatures on Friday and Saturday. Click here for more details.

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