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Tracking rain and snow for the weekend

The next weather system looks to bring widespread rain changing to snow for our area.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 6:47 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 9:22 AM

The early rumors were wrong - we're not and never were expecting 3 feet of snow this weekend.  More on that later in this article.

Low pressure from the west is heading towards Central New York.  This looks to bring a mix of rain and snow to the region as we head into the weekend.  Rain looks to break out Saturday morning, with temperatures starting out in the teens.  A few spots of snow showers are possible, especially in the higher elevations early Saturday.  Even the higher elevations are expected to see rain Saturday afternoon and evening.

Rain changes to snow Saturday night.  Accumulations look to be on the light side, with a trace - 2" for most areas.  Light snow continues on Sunday, with an additional 1-3" in the higher elevations.  Here's a look at total snowfall expected this weekend:

How on earth did this change so much compared to earlier in the week?  Long range forecasting is BAD - really, really bad.  Sometimes, large storms show up on computer models, only to disappear in the next run a few hours later.  Untrained eyes may see these monster storms and share it, not understanding the true odds of something like that actually happening.  In the end, it gives our weather community a bad rap.  This won't be the last time this happens this winter.

How can you avoid bad information?  Stick to trained meteorologists.  Jill, Violet, and myself all hold meteorology degrees here at WKTV. 

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