Syracuse, N.Y. — The first substantial snow of the season will arrive today, and it’s going to be messy.
Two to 4 inches of lake effect snow are expected this afternoon and tonight in Central New York. That snow will be blown around by winds gusting as high as 45 mph, making for difficult travel.
“Plan on slippery road conditions with low visibility at times in snow and blowing snow,” the National Weather Service said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for Madison, Oneida and Onondaga counties from 3 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Sunday.
If you’re heading north or west, conditions are likely to be worse. The weather service has issued a winter storm warning in parts of Western New York, as winds gusting to 50 mph blow across Lake Erie and dump 5 to 9 inches of snow on Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Wyoming counties.
On Tug Hill, those same winds could generate 3 to 5 inches of lake effect snow from Lake Ontario.
Lake effect snow bands tend to be narrow, so it’s possible that some areas see several inches while area 10 miles away remain snow-free.
Today is likely to be Syracuse’s first measurable snowfall, defined as at least one tenth of an inch, this season. Trace amounts have fallen on five days this season, including Friday. The average date for the first measurable snowfall in Syracuse is Nov. 6, so we’re actually a little behind.
Another storm system moving up the East Coast is expected to arrive in New York early next week, although it’s unclear whether that will bring rain or snow. As that low pressure system moves off the coast, though, it’s expected to pull cold air across the Great Lakes and produce some more lake effect snow, mostly Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Stay tuned to our weather page for more details.
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