Friday evening update...
The storm track is remaining consistent, with no major changes in the forecast since yesterday.
As we mentioned earlier this week, we are tracking a winter storm. The information we've been following all week is now consistent enough to take seriously. We're expecting a heavy snowfall beginning Saturday afternoon and lasting through Sunday afternoon. Here are the latest details...
Snow begins Saturday early afternoon. It starts out light, becoming steadier and heavier throughout the day. Heavy snow develops Saturday night, with snowfall rates averaging 2-3" per hour through early Sunday morning.
Many areas are expected to pick up 1-2 feet of accumulation. The heavy accumulation looks to be regionwide, with the highest accumulations along the hilltops east of Utica.
Travel is expected to be OK for most of Saturday. The worst conditions are expected overnight. Blowing and drifting snow is expected to create poor visibility throughout Sunday, especially along the hilltops. The light and fluffy factor to the snow will allow it to blow easily.
Bitterly cold temperatures Sunday night/Monday
Arctic air follows this storm, with temperatures plummeting below zero Sunday night. The winds continue through Monday morning. Early estimates for wind chill look to range between -25 to -35. We haven't seen a wind chill that low in several years.