Cold, snowy pattern setting up in the Northeast

A storm swings east on Saturday, bringing widespread snow to New England. Odds for snow get better next week, with lake effect Sunday and the potential for widespread snow Tuesday.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017 5:14 PM
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 5:14 PM

After missing out on the first significant lake effect snow of the season for New York State, our luck won't change in the short term.  A large storm system is bringing cold air and snow in the deep south Friday, with accumulations north of 4" in Alabama.  This may not sound like much to us northerners, but it was enough to cause massive power outages, traffic jams, and numerous school closings. 

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This same storm is projected to swing north and swing off the Atlantic Coast.  Heavy snow is expected to fall Saturday afternoon and evening in New England.  The snow falls as far west as Eastern New York.  The fringe of this system may give us a few light snow showers and flurries, especially in Montgomery and Otsego County.

In this storm's wake, another round of cold air and lake effect snow is expected to develop.  The wind direction targets the Mohawk Valley to Tug Hill, with shifting winds throughout the day.  The best setup looks to be Sunday night, and as of Friday afternoon it is a bit early to talk about accumulations.  Here's a look at our skycast showing the band Sunday morning:

The odds for snow get much better locally on Tuesday.  A clipper system is showing up on the computer models and is projected to swing through Central New York.  If the data holds, this would mean the potential for several inches of snowfall, with a blast of cold weather to follow on Wednesday and Thursday.  We'll keep you posted!

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