It's been a snowy February in Central New York, with more than 25" of accumulation so far in Utica. Check out these snow rollers that were spotted by Anna in Westmoreland!
Snow rollers are rare pheonomea caused by wind and a combination of a layer of snow on top of ice. This wasn't the only spot in our area reporting snow rollers. Several of them were spotted in New Hartford and Clinton.
This week could be a turning point on the winter season. Milder temperatures will arrive in Central New York tomorrow, with highs near 40 degrees. Granted, it won't feel warm, with clouds, an east wind, and damp weather. Still, the melting snow will leave ponding on roadways, driveways, and sidewalks. It's not a bad idea to get out out and finish cleaning up the leftover patches of crusty snow on the driveway or sidewalks. By Wednesday afternoon, the snow will turn soft and slushy.
This type of weather is not ideal for winter sports. When temperatures climb above freezing, the snow becomes sticky. This is due to the melting process of snowflakes. Melting snow becomes much more grandular. The refreezing process will make the snow icy again on Thursday, as temperatures fall below freezing.
Milder weather returns again by the weekend, with highs once again near 40 on Saturday and Sunday. For those concerned about flooding, this is the type of weather that would create the least amount of problems. This pattern favors a slow, steady snow melt as opposed to a much faster snow melt that we'd typically see later in the season.