Light Snow Showers Expected In The North of New York; Temperatures To Rise A Bit On Saturday

Bryan Dijkhuizen

As west winds intensify, light snow showers along and north of the New York Thruway are expected late tonight, mixing with or changing to rain and extending south over central New York Saturday afternoon, and a shift back to snow north of the Thruway on Saturday night is also anticipated.

Surface high pressure slowly moving eastward through the Northeastern United States this afternoon, with extensive cyclonic flow aloft amid a chilly but seasonal air mass encircling the region.

Because of this surface high, the weather will be pretty calm for most of tonight, except a few flurries, possibly north of Syracuse.

The presence of gaps in the clouds this evening may be sufficient to produce pockets of intense traditional cooling, particularly in the Catskills and into far northern Oneida County, where temperatures might drop by 5 to 10 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Overnight lows are anticipated to plummet into the 20s over most of the region, with some temperatures reaching the high teens in the coldest areas of the region.

Temperatures are forecast to rise somewhat on Saturday, with sporadic rain, and snow showers predicted north of the Twin Tiers.

In addition to strong south winds and a period of mixed precipitation, a more significant storm system is expected to bring all rain Sunday night and into Monday morning.

Lower temperatures return Monday night and Tuesday, with sporadic lake effect snow showers in the forecast for the period.

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