Monday evening update:
More than 3,000 people are without power tonight due to the strong winds. The majority of the power outages are across North Central Oneida County. Peak winds so far have been reported at 48 mph at Griffiss in Rome as of 8 pm.
After a mild and rainy weekend, the weather changes heading
into next week. Colder air arrives with the chance for snow.
This is brought by a strong cold front moving in from the west.
As this cold front arrives, it will have warm air and rain ahead
of it early Monday morning. Then as the cold front moves through,
much cooler air moves in behind it. A strong northwest wind
develops, pulling cold air down from Canada and across Lake
Ontario. This will produce lake effect snow bands from noon on
Monday until midnight. These narrow lake effect bands will
consist of heavy snow and gusty winds. This is what's called a
Let's define a snow squall. It is an intense short-lived burst of
heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibility and
snow covered roads. They are also accompanied by gusty winds,
which is why we have a High Wind Advisory for Monday. This runs
from 1pm Monday until 7am Tuesday for wind speeds around 20-
30mph, with gusts up to 45mph.
This will create hazardous travel conditions for the evening
commute. The main threats being strong winds, heavy snow with a
quick reduction in visibility, and slick roads. Drive slow and
keep your distance from others if you are drving through one of
these snow squalls.
Overall, only a few inches of snowfall accumulation is expected.
However, it will come down very quickly along these snow squalls.
The danger is not the amount of snow, but the rate at which it
falls. Here's the snowfall forecast: