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Heavy, wet snow blankets the region Wednesday afternoon; What can we expect next?

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UPDATE at 6:38 pm – The entire region was impacted by heavy, wet snow that fell in measurable amounts between 2-7 inches from Buffalo to Albany Wednesday afternoon. Local temperatures are hovered just below the freezing mark making the snow very heavy and slippery on roadways.

While the snow relented across much of the region mid-afternoon, it continues to fall in Ithaca and most of Cayuga County.

Most local school districts have cancelled afterschool and evening activities.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 10:00 pm tonight.

What Happens Next?

Tonight, most of the region can expect a mix of light rain, snow and sleet which should turn to mostly rain after 10:00 pm. But, winds will pick-up out of the southeast at 11 to 17 mph and shift out of the southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Little or no additional snow and sleet accumulation is expected.

On Thursday, a chance of rain and snow showers, and slightly warmer than Wednesday, with a high near 36 degrees. Winds will pick-up even further becoming westerly at 16 to 23 mph with gusts as high as 41 mph.

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The National Weather Service has issued a widespread Winter Weather Advisory for the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

While it won’t be a blockbuster winter weather event, it will be enough to complicate travel throughout the day.

The advisory runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and was issued due to concerns around accumulating snow, mixed precipitation, and roads that will, at the very least, be sloppy throughout the day.

As far as accumulation is concerned, some areas along Lake Ontario could see 4-6 inches of snow, which would be the heaviest swath of precipitation out of this event. The remainder of the region will see 2-4 inches before snow turns to mixed precipitation during the early-evening hours.

The National Weather Service says snow will begin over Western New York during the morning hours. It will snow through part of the afternoon, before transitioning to rain the during evening hours. Then on Thursday, some additional light snow is expected.