Thursday starts out with temperatures in the teens and low 20s, but slowly falling temperatures throughout the day and northerly winds at around 15 mph, means you may be reaching for an extra layer as you walk out of the office this afternoon. Wind chills tonight into Friday morning will be as cold as -15 degrees, with actual air temperatures near zero.
Scattered, light snow showers continue through lunchtime; then this afternoon, light snow is found mainly in the foothills and mountains while valley spots enjoy partly sunny skies. For those in higher elevations, an additional 1-3" of new snow is expected today.
On Friday, a band of lake-effect snow from Lake Ontario will bring 4-6" of new snow to St. Lawrence county and the northern Adirondacks with heavy snowfall rates of more than 1" per hour expected. Elsewhere, partly cloudy skies continue through the day with increasing clouds and a band of snow squalls by Friday night. That line of snow is our Arctic cold front...the one that brings frigid temperatures this weekend!
This weekend features high temperatures in the single digits on either side of zero, with lows in the teens below zero and wind chills on Saturday as low as -30 degrees! Brrr! Sunday, Valentine's Day, will be calmer with a little more sunshine - so hopefully more tolerable!
Early next week, a big warm up with a rain/snow mix on the way Monday night into Tuesday.
Have a wonderful day!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist
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