We've done countless surveys on which you would prefer, bitter cold or snow? Snow usually wins out, but this Thanksgiving, you won't have to choose. The National Weather Service is predicting Central New York could see both with snow and near record low temperatures.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook is calling for snow squalls and dangerous wind chills.

WHAT... Snow Squalls with Lake Effect Snow Bands Wednesday afternoon and evening may lead to a quick 2 to 5 inches. Winds 5 to 25 mph, with gusts 30 to 35 mph will also create areas of blowing snow and make wind chills dangerous. Temperatures below zero Wednesday night into Thanksgiving will make it feel like 15 below.

WHEN... Snow beginning Wednesday afternoon, continuing Wednesday night. Record cold temperatures Wednesday night thru Thanksgiving and into Friday.

WHERE... Northern Oneida-Seneca-Southern Cayuga-Onondaga-Tompkins-Madison-
Southern Oneida-Cortland-Chenango-Otsego counties.

The dangers of driving on slippery roads during Lake Effect Snow and Squalls will be increased by the strong winds, especially for high profile vehicles. And don't forget about outdoor pets in the bitter cold.

Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
  • Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
  • Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
  • Download the STATION App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notifications.


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