A brief warm up returns

The next weather maker brings mainly rain to the region on Friday.

Posted: Feb. 14, 2019 6:49 PM

It's been a snowy week in Central New York, which means we're due for another thaw. That's how winter 2018-2019 has been going so far. We are running slightly ahead of schedule for snowfall this season, with 72.3" as of Thursday evening. 10.5" has fallen in the past 3 days, with Tuesday's storm producing about half of the accumulation.

Friday's weather maker looks to bring another brief thaw to the region. Temperatures ahead of the next storm system are warmer than the past few storms. We're expecting temperatures to be near freezing early tomorrow morning and above freezing by mid/late morning. The bulk of the precipitation looks to fall as either rain or snow, with very little ice expected. The higher elevations north of the valley are expected to pick up 1-3" of accumulation. Less than 1" of snow is expected for the remainder of the region.

Lake effect snow does develop in the wake of a cold front Friday night. Additional accumulation is expected north of the Mohawk Valley, with light snow in the valley first thing Saturday morning.

The weather does look active heading into next week. Light snow is possible Monday with a bigger weather system possible on Wednesday/Thursday.

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