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National Weather Service issues Wind Chill Advisory, Winter Storm Watch: How much snow is possible in the Finger Lakes and Central New York?

The National Weather Service says winter is going to make its return to the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier with back-to-back weather events prompting advisories.

First up will be bitter cold temperatures. Even colder than those reported and recorded earlier this week. Second, will be a coastal storm that could bring a foot or more of snow.


What active alerts have been issued by the National Weather Service?

Wind Chill Advisory until Saturday at 1 p.m.

Winter Storm Watch from Sunday through Monday (timeline yet to be determined).


How will the forecast play out over the weekend?

– The coldest air settles in during the overnight hours on Friday. Wind chill values throughout Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and Southern Tier will dip to -15 to -20.

– By Saturday afternoon temperatures will have rebounded enough for the Wind Child Advisory to expire. However, all attention will shift to the coastal storm that could mean Winter Storm Warning(s) for a large chunk of the area.

– The National Weather Service issued the Winter Storm Watch because of a low pressure system that will track along the East Coast between Sunday and Monday. Depending on precise track of that storm- the region could see heavy snow.

– The National Weather Service agrees with other forecasters who have indicated that there’s a lot of unknown. So predicting an exact amount is challenging. However, the National Weather Service says that with this particular system 9+ inches of snow is not out of the question.

– It all hinges on how far inland the coastal low tracks. If it takes a slightly more inland track- then parts of the interior northeast- like Western and Central New York will see heavy snow. Likely the heaviest snowfall that either region has seen in the last 18 months. If it tracks a little further to the east or even off the coast- then significantly less snowfall would be expected.


What are the latest forecast maps from the National Weather Service and Accuweather showing?


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