The first day of Winter may be over two months away but the first snow of the season may hit central New York this week.

The first chance for flakes is in the early morning hours Tuesday, October 16th in Oswego and Northern Oneida counties. Snow showers are possible in the higher elevations with minor accumulations in the Tug Hill. Wet snowflakes could fall in the lower elevations, but it won't stick. THANK GOD!

The better chance comes Wednesday into Thursday when the coldest air of the season will bring lake effect rain showers, snow pellets, soft hail and possible snow, according to CNY Central.

The best chance for accumulating snow appears to be south of Route 5 corridor, which includes many higher elevation locations. Right now, it looks like a coating to 1” of snow will occur with some isolated spots seeing up to 1 to 3” of snow in the most persistent bands through Thursday morning.

Temperatures will be in the 40s Thursday according to the National Weather Service. So hopefully any accumulating snow will melt quickly.

Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.
Wednesday Night: A chance of rain showers before 2am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

We know the snow is coming sooner or later but I'd take later. MUCH later.

Accumulating snow arrived on Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, over the weekend. It's only a matter of time before the rest of us are watching it fall too and dreading going out to shovel it.