March starts out like it usually does in Central New York - a deep snowpack, below freezing temperatures, and occasional snow. Another push of cold weather arrives tonight as an arctic front drop in from the north. Expect a quick burst of snow and wind - not anywhere near the levels we saw on Monday. Still, cold, and windy weather looks to return to Central New York. Highs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday look to climb only into the 20s with overnight lows in the single digits. Some of the outlying spots may fall near or below zero, too. This level of cold is considered "unseasonably cold" because average temperatures in early March are more typically in the mid 30s.
Big changes start to take place in the weather starting Sunday. A slow, gradual retreat of arctic air will begin Sunday afternoon as winds turn into the southwest. It's still cold on Sunday, but it's much less windy. Highs make a run toward 30. On Monday, a warm front arrives, bringing clouds and light precipitation. Temperatures look to climb into the low 40s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the days where much milder air arrives in Central New York. Highs could top 50 or warmer, especially by Wednesday afternoon.
The mild weather expected will have a significant impact on the snow on the ground here in Central New York. We're expecting a long duration snow melt here next week. Not all of the snow in all locations looks to melt, but the Mohawk Valley and lower elevations are most likely going to lose the majority of snow on the ground. If you love winter sports, the next three days look perfect to enjoy what is still here.