The first half of January has been incredibly mild. Here's a look at the number of days with high temperatures in these ranges so far this January (for Griffiss in Rome):
60s - 2
50s - 1
40s - 3
30s - 6
20s - 1
The average high this time of year is only around 30, so it's been an impressive run of warmth.
Much, much colder weather is expected to return to our region, with a blast of winter on the way. The weather doesn't begin to change until Wednesday night. A strong cold front is expected to move through, with a burst of snow overnight. Lake effect snow is expected in the wake of that system on Thursday, with windy and colder conditions. Tempeatures look to fall throughout the afternoon. On Monday, it's still too early to make a call on lake effect snowfall
The coldest day of the week looks to be on Friday, with partly sunny skies and highs only in the teens.
We're also tracking the potential of a widespread snow event on Saturday into Sunday. It's too early to be specific here, but accumulating snow is a good bet. We'll keep you posted!