Syracuse, N.Y. — Expect heavy snow and high winds today to create a mess for driving in Upstate New York.
The snow will be heaviest in the hills downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario, especially on Tug Hill, and in the hills south of Buffalo and Syracuse. The Hudson Valley and Capital Region, which saw up to 6 inches of snow Tuesday from the coastal storm, will see only a couple of inches today.
Winter storm warnings are in effect for large chunks of Upstate for 8 to as much as 20 inches of snow today, largely lake effect snow generated by the wrap-around winds of the third nor’easter in two weeks to pummel the Northeast.
“A nor’easter along the New England coast will be slow to depart over the next day or so,” the National Weather Service said. “As a result, moisture will continue to circulate down into the region, and bring periods of snow, which could be locally heavy.”
Winds are likely to pick up this afternoon, blowing snow around and reducing visibility for drivers. Gusts could reach 35 to 40 mph.
The good news is that temperatures near freezing and the higher sun angle in March mean that snow won’t stick to roads as easily.
“In areas of lighter snow, accumulations will tend to melt on roadways late morning through afternoon,” the weather service said. “However, where heavier snow occurs (especially higher elevations), roadways will remain snow-covered and slippery.”
The heaviest snow is likely to taper off late tonight or early Thursday morning, but light snow could persist into Friday for some areas.
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