It's been a very quiet January, so far, but that looks to change as we head into the weekend. One more mild day on Friday, with highs in the upper 30s. We're expecting cloud cover to continue in Central New York. A cold front will approach the region and pass through Friday night into early Saturday. This slow moving front will draw in a wave of low pressure, enhancing precipition.
Widespread rain and snow is expected Saturday morning, followed by a transition to all snow Saturday afternoon. In general, accumulations look to be on the lighter side, but keep in mind, this snow is expected to be wet and heavy. That means it won't take much accumulation to create slippery roadways. Here's a look at the snowfall forecast for Friday night into Saturday:
In the wake of this cold front, cooler air and northwesterly winds will create lake effect snow. This looks to develop late Saturday and continue through Sunday, Sunday night, and Monday. Additional snowfall is expected, especially north and west of Utica.
Due to the anticipated snowfall accumulations, the National Weather Service has a winter storm watch in effect for the North Country.
The weather patterns heading into next week look cooler than the previous week, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s on Monday, with overnight lows in the teens.