(WSYR-TV, Syracuse) An approaching cold front has set up central New York for lake effect snow. While snowfall accumulations maxing out at 6-10” may not have seemed overwhelming in previous winters, this year it hasn’t been a common occurrence.
A band is currently set up southeast of Lake Ontario and is being fed by moisture stretching back to the Great Lakes. As the aforementioned cold front nears, the band of snow should start to shift to the east. Once the front passes winds will become more northwesterly, which will serve to break up the band a bit and leave us with lighter and more widespread snow showers. By tonight, many of us will see 3-6” of snowfall with greater amounts near the lakeshore. Additionally, temperatures will be frigid close to 20 today and winds could potentially cause blowing and drifting of snow.
High pressure will start to build in tomorrow, and as winds shift to the west we could see lake effect snow pick up again east of Lake Ontario. As a result, the Tug Hill area may see snow showers for the Monday morning commute. As that high pressure settles in, snow will eventually taper, leaving us with a mostly cloudy start to the work week. Mild temperatures are quick to return- we’ll be close to 40 again by Wednesday.