The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Binghamton has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook or central New York and a Winter Weather Advisory for Herkimer County.


* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch and ice accumulations of a coating to up to a tenth of an inch.

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer and Southern Herkimer County, including Ilion, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mohawk, Frankfort, and Dolgeville.

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the Friday morning commute.

"Patchy areas of light rain or drizzle will spread over the Poconos, extreme northeast  Pennsylvania, the Catskills, highlands of central New York to Oneida County tonight. Over the highest elevations, generally above 2000 feet, temperatures will be at or below freezing for a time leading to patchy ice on some roads. If you are traveling through the higher elevations, especially on rural roads, watch out for slick spots. Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination."

Be on the lookout for black ice tonight and tomorrow morning.

...surface temps will likely fall to around or just below freezing, setting the stage for at least spotty freezing rain in the advisory area later amounts could range from a trace to possibly up to one-tenth of an inch, with greatest amounts expected along the northern side of the Mohawk Valley and SW Adirondacks, where enhancement due to upsloping is possible. The main impacts will be icy travel conditions. Farther south, precipitation should remain much more spotty in coverage,
so no advisories at this time, despite the possibility of patchy freezing rain. If coverage of freezing rain looks more widespread, then the current advisory could be expanded southward...Lingering areas of freezing rain within the advisory area Friday morning, otherwise rain showers are expected elsewhere, with rain showers expected all areas into the afternoon with the approach of the cold front... [NWS]

NWS Extended Forcast:

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. East wind around 11 mph.

Tonight: A chance of rain showers and sleet before 9pm, then freezing rain. Low around 31. East wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Friday: Freezing rain likely before 9am, then rain showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Friday Night: Scattered showers with a slight chance of drizzle before 7pm, then a slight chance of drizzle after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 6 to 11 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday: A chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night: Rain. Low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

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