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Record cold on the way

An early shot of arctic air arrives in Central New York and is expected to continue for the next several days. Wind chill values will remain below zero for most of this week.

Posted: Dec 26, 2017 6:17 PM

The main weather headline over the next several days will be the cold. An arctic front arrives Tuesday night and brings record cold to the region. Here's a look at the forecasted highs this week compared to the record lowest highs:

Wednesday: 9 (Record is 8 set in 1968)
Thursday: 5 (13/1976)
Friday: 10 (13/1978)

The low temperatures will be tricky due to sky cover, but we think with clear skies and light winds tmperatures could drop between -15 to -20 on Wednesday and/or Thursday night. The record lows are as follows:

Wednesday: -14 (1993)
Thursday : -10 (1939)
Friday: -16 (1935)

In addition to the cold, there will be some accumulating snow. We are wrapping up an epic snowfall in the Tug Hill that started on Christmas morning. The long time weather spotter in Redfield reports 56.9" (4.8 feet) of snow. Old Forge reported 30", with widespread reports of 2-3 feet in Lewis and extreme Northern Oneida County.

The lake machine continues tonight and early tomorrow as an arctic front drops in from the north. The snow will weaken for two reasons. First, the winds shifting into the northwest reduces the fetch (time air spends over water) off the lake. Second, the air is really really really dry because it's so cold. The bands traditionally don't produce heavy snow as far east in these scenarios. Here's a look at the lake effect snow forecast for Tuesday night:

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