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Lake effect snow squalls expected Saturday

Tracking lake effect snow squalls on Saturday, with heavy accumulations expected across the Tug Hill and North Country.

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 5:14 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2017 5:15 PM

It's been a snowy week here in Central New York. This is the 6th day in a row with measurable snowfall. Utica's total for the week is 11". More snow is expected to develop Friday night, with lake effect snow squalls expected early Saturday.

Another clipper is the culprit. This one will pass to our north, dragging cold air and winds into the region. The winds will generate heavy lake effect snow overnight along the Tug Hill Plateau and North Country. This band is expected to produce snowfall rates between 1-2". The band remains north of the Mohawk Valley until daybreak.

The weather becomes active during the day Saturday for the remainder of Central New York.  Between 7-10am, the band will begin to shift south, and bring heavy snow to the Mohawk Valley in the middle of the day. Snow squalls drop into the Southern Valleys during the afternoon, with the event coming to an end by sunset. Most areas pick up an inch or two of snow, but most of that snow falls in a short period of time (less than an hour). We're expecting slippery roads, low visibility, and gusty winds as the squalls move through.  Here's a look at the snowfall total from this event:

Much colder weather is expected Saturday night, with overnight lows in the single digits. The weather looks dry on Sunday, with the next weather event arriving on Monday. The weather is expected to stay active, but temperatures will not be as low as they have been for next week. Most days climb to near or above freezing.

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