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Lake effect returns to CNY Sunday; rough travel for some

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR) – Lake effect snow took a break on Saturday but will return on Sunday. See where we are expecting the snow and how much is expected to fall.


Initially Saturday evening’s weather in Central New Yok is quiet.  It is cloudy and dry but a bit breezy.

Into the overnight, a cold front swings through bringing a burst of scattered snow showers. There shouldn’t be much accumulation of snow. This followed by more lake snow and very high winds for Sunday.


Once that cold front passes through Central New York and winds turn more westerly flow, lake effect snow becomes more organized just north of Syracuse by late Sunday. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches an hour are possible. With those high winds at 20-30 mph, gusting up to 40 mph, travel will be difficult with limited visibilities along with drifting snow in the heaviest squalls.

The National Weather Service has issued Lake Effect Snow Warnings for Oswego, Oneida, and Lewis counties from 4am Sunday until 4am Monday. Jefferson County is under a Warning of its own but only until 1 pm Sunday.

A widespread area in Oswego and Oneida Counties in particular will see 6-12 inches of snow with localized amounts approaching two in the more persistent bands by midnight Sunday!

Outside this main band of lake effect snow, it is mainly dry Sunday but quite windy and chilly. That means wind chills for most Sunday afternoon in the 20s.

By Sunday evening, winds are expected to weaken and shift which will dissipate any lake snow by Sunday night.


Looking ahead into next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, temperatures look to return to more seasonable numbers in the mid to upper 40s.  Outside some scattered snow showers Monday afternoon north of Syracuse, the weather looks quiet right up to Thanksgiving not only here in Central New York but through the Northeast. It is looking very accommodating for any travelers.

Heading home after the holiday is a different story as a deepening area of low pressure and frontal system bring rain toward the East Coast for Friday. On the back side of this system to start the weekend we could be looking at rain showers mixed with some wet snow.

Stay tuned for updates!

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