Despite the spring-like warmth this Tuesday, winter weather returns tonight. As a storm gains strength this evening in the Mid-West, it will spin moisture ahead of it’s path into our area tonight. Precipitation will fall initially as mostly light rain and sleet overnight into Wednesday morning.
After sunrise, the mixture will change to snow as the storm draws in colder air from the north. By afternoon, the precipitation will be all snow and heavy snow will continue into the night along with strong north to north west winds that will gust to near 30 mph. After midnight, snow showers will taper off with only a few lingering snow showers likely in the morning Thursday.
Accumulation of snow is difficult to approximate, given that a large portion of the expected precipitation will be rain and sleet. Near the NY/PA border, 3-6" is likely. Snow totals will drop off rapidly farther south, since rain will make up a larger portion of the total precipitation. North of the border and farther north into Central NY, more of the mixture will be snow and accumulations are expected to be much higher. Some areas in Central NY could pick up nearly 24" of snow.