Weather: Winter's Final Weekend (3/17/2017)

Spring officially starts Monday morning at 6:28am! Until then, we've got a mostly sunny but still chilly weekend ahead of us.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day tonight? Friday night plans will happen without the weather getting in your way but it will get pretty cold. Skies will be partly to mostly clear with most of us falling into the single digits. Parts of the Adirondacks like Saranac Lake & Tupper Lake will drop well below 0°. At least it won't be windy :-)

Saturday, our eyes have been on this day for a while, not just because it's the start of the weekend but there is at least some snow potential. During the day we're all partly to mostly sunny & less cold. Highs will jump into the low to mid 30s.  Later in the day, an area of low pressure will move over southern New England and spread light snow into southern Vermont & New Hampshire. We'll keep the chance at snow showers over southern areas Saturday night. Sunday morning, any remaining snow showers move away after just minor accumulation, generally less than an inch. We'll salvage another good looking day Sunday but highs will stay well below average. We'll only make it into the mid 30s under mostly sunny skies and a light wind. Remember, average or 'normal', is around 40°.

Spring starts Monday morning, it'll be in the upper teens to start a new season and a new week. The rest of the day will be similar to the weekend. It'll be a sunny day but it'll be another cold day with highs only in the mid 30s. We'll look for another shot at rain & snow showers Tuesday before another big push of cold by the middle of next week.

On another note, 2 ice jams are causing flooding in Franklin County New York. The Salmon River near Malone and the Raquette River near Hogansburg both have flood warnings posted until Monday afternoon. The Raquette River is overflowing onto low lying areas north of Route 37. The National Weather Service also says that water is threatening homes. The Salmon River is overflowing onto Lower Park & Lane streets. The National Weather Service advises that you may have to find another way into the Alice Hyde Medical Center. This is a good reminder to keep an eye on all area rivers.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker


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