Big changes in the weather this week

Mild temperatures for the first half of the week, but winter weather comes in a full swing the second half of the week and into the weekend with very cold temperatures and accumulating snow.

Posted: Jan 14, 2020 1:39 PM

Tuesday afternoon, we will have lots of sunshine with highs in the lower 40s. This is thanks to a warm
South wind. This is well above normal temperatures for this time of year. Normal high temperatures for
January are around 30 degrees.

Later this afternoon, a blanket of clouds moves in as a low pressure system comes closer. This cloud cover
will hold the heat at the surface, keeping our temperatures in the lower 40s this evening.

This system will bring scattered rain showers starting around 7:00pm. The rain continues into tonight,
eventually transitioning to snow showers for the North Country. This is because it will be colder for the
Northern regions with below freezing temperatures. There is also the chance for some freezing drizzle which
could create some slick spots.

This rain/snow mix ends early Wednesday morning for mostly cloudy skies. Highs still above normal around 40
degrees in the afternoon. Wednesday night, around 10:00pm, snow showers begin. These continue overnight with
lows around 30 degrees.

Winds become Northwest and strong on Thursday producing lake effect snow showers throughout the day. Highs
back to normal in the lower 30s. The snow finally ends Thursday night around 10:00pm. Snowfall totals from
Wednesday night to Thursday night are around a trace to 1" Southeast of the Mohawk Valley near Cooperstown,
up to about 4-6" in the North Country.

A cold pattern moves in place with a strong North wind. Thursday night lows in the single digits. On Friday,
we will have sunshine with partly cloudy skies, but highs will only reach the upper teens. Friday night,
dropping back into the single digits again. This is all well below normal. Normal low temperatures are in
the mid teens for January.

Saturday and Sunday, highs near normal in the upper 20s with accumulating snowfall. A strong low pressure
system will move in Saturday with the heaviest snowfall Saturday night to Monday morning. A strong Northwest
wind develops the second half of Sunday with lake effect snow showers. These snow showers will continue
Sunday night and become lighter throughout Monday. The snow finally ends Monday night.

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