Lake effect will be the issue for central New York tonight. Because the winds in the lower atmosphere will be changing throughout the night, the squalls won’t sit over any one place very long. That being said, if you are under any of the squalls you will experience some heavy snow that would impact your travel.
This evening, the winds will go from a westerly direction quickly to more of a northwesterly direction. Squalls will be on the move from the counties east of Lake Ontario down into the Syracuse area by late evening. However, shortly after midnight, the winds will begin to swing back around into the west. This means by daybreak, any squalls will be well north of Syracuse. Because the squalls will be on the move much of the night, we are going to keep accumulations relatively light, say 1-4,” but keep in mind those accumulations are likely to come in a short period of time.
Tomorrow our winds will stay out of the west-southwest and that will keep any lake effect well north of Syracuse. We expect there will still be some snows up close to the Tug Hill. Outside of this snow, the weather should be rather quiet for the end of November. With some sun and a steady breeze we should crack 40 degrees in Syracuse. However, there is even warmer weather than this in our 7 day forecast. More on that in a moment.
A cold front will move through central New York tomorrow night and that will renew the lake effect. However, the winds are going to shift pretty quickly again which will limit any additional accumulation. In the wake of the front, we temporarily get into a chilly air mass for Friday.
For the weekend, mild air will gradually work its way back into central New York. By Sunday we will be back in the 50s although we will have to contend with some rain showers. It could be even warmer by Tuesday.