Worse Than We Think? Winter Storm Upgraded Again for Central New York
UPDATE FOR 3/3/2023
This weekends winter storm has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.
The National Weather Service says it'll be in effect from Friday at 6pm until Saturday afternoon at 1pm. You're advised to be careful both driving on the roads and when letting your pets outside.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Winds could now reach up to 40mph, still with 7 to 10 inches of snow expected. Snowfall rates around an inch per hour are expected.
Long Range CNY Forecast
Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 39. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Tonight: Snow before 2am, then snow and sleet. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 29. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around 7 inches.
Saturday: Snow before 2pm, then rain and snow likely. High near 35. Breezy, with an east wind 16 to 21 mph becoming northeast 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Saturday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers before 7pm, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. West wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 39.
Monday Night: A chance of rain showers before 1am, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday: A chance of rain showers, snow showers, and freezing rain before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
Wednesday: Cloudy, with a high near 32.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.
As if we weren't over the first storm already! Another one is heading to Central New York, ending your work week on a cold note.
Though things certainly could have been worse with our last winter storm, we can't bat an eye on the one heading for us this weekend. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts the storm coming Friday is only getting stronger.
Winter Storm Watch
NWS has upgraded this weekend's storm to a Winter Storm Watch. If that's any indication like we've seen before, you should start preparing yourself now for a slippery ride home.
Travel could be very difficult.
They are now predicting snow accumulations between 7 and 10 inches for parts of Northern and Southern Oneida county. Add onto that the possibility of ice on the roads too from the freezing rain and sleet expected before it.
Not only this, but strong winds will also make driving even harder. Wind gusts could get as high as 35mph.
The Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.