Just when we thought we were out of the woods for heavy snow, mother nature decided to throw us a curve ball. The winds become consistent for several hours this afternoon, allowing for a narrow band of heavy lake effect snow to develop in the Mohawk Valley. It's rare to see something like this happen because it takes precise winds for several hours in a row to generate a band in this location, but it happened this afternoon. Heavy snow, whiteout conditions, and hazardous travel was the norm for areas like Westmoreland, Utica, New Hartford, Frankfort, and Herkimer Wednesday afternoon. Outside of this band of snow, the weather was cold but generally quiet.
As we head into this evening, the winds remain steady, meaning more scattered lake effect snow is expected along and north of the NYS Thruway. Localized accumulations up to 3" are possible.
The next weather system is already approaching CNY. A clipper in the midwest drops south of our region tonight, glacing the region with light snow. Here's a look at anticipated snowfall across our region:
We do get a break in our weather for Thursday, with breaks of sunshine. It still remains cold and breezy, with highs near 20. Lake effect snow redevelops Thursday night and early Friday, as winds shift back into the northwest. Another widespread light snowfall is expected on Saturday, before the weather warms up early next week.