Ferocious winds whipped across Central New York on Wednesday. Peak winds happened between 4-6pm with a maximum wind gust at Griffiss of 54mph. Several higher elevations recorded wind speeds over 60mph, including a 68mph wind gust on Starr Hill and Manheim! This was enough to cause damage across the area along with power outages. The image above is roof damage reported in Salisbury taken by Clay Burdick.
In addition to the wind, much colder weather has returned to Central New York along with lake effect snow. Lake effect snow produced poor visibility on area roadways and a minor accumulation as it dropped through the region. Snow is expected to end by Thursday morning, with a return to sunshine across the region. Winds continue on Thursday, gusting to 30-40mph, with wind chills in the teens and 20s. Not very springlike.
The next storm system brings a round of rain and snow to the region on Friday. We're looking at a minor accumulation across most of the region, with several inches possible on the hilltops. Stay tuned for the snowfall forecast that we plan on issuing on Thursday.
Cold weather continues over the weekend, but there is a sign of change as we look ahead to the second half of April. This cold weather can't stick around forever!