It's been a really quiet winter so far. The month of January was mild with much less snowfall than average. February has started this way too, but the weather is looking to change. The next winter weather system is expected to arrive early Thursday morning and will likely bring a mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain to the region. Here are the early ideas:
Snow breaks out after midnight, from south to north. Snowfall is expected to be widespread and steady. An inch or two of accumulation is expected by Thursday morning, causing widespread slippery roads for the morning commute. Temperatures will start out near freezing on Thursday. Here's a look at the snowfall forecast:
Things get tricky from here. Snow is expected to change over to sleet and freezing rain, with slippery spots through Thursday afternoon, especially north and east of Utica. Highs only in the mid 30s. Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing by the evening commute, with some improving road conditions.
Rain changes back to snow Thursday night into Friday. Widespread snowfall is possible early Friday. We'll keep you posted on forecast accumulations as we get closer to the event.