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NWS: Winter Weather Advisory expires this AM, precipitation turns to all rain

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The forecast through Tuesday across the Finger Lakes and Central New York can only be called complex. Yet another storm tracking across the northeast will bring snow, mixed precipitation, and the threat for freezing rain as temperatures hover around freezing.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory ahead of precipitation that will build later today.

What will happen? How will this storm track?

Snow will move into the area from the west during the afternoon hours. Snowfall rates will be heavy at times with some areas seeing 1-1.5 in/hr during this timeframe. For most areas under the Winter Weather Advisory this means 4-6 inches of snow. However, it won’t be the snow alone that causes the biggest travel headaches.

The snow will combine with sleet and freezing rain during the overnight, combining with gusty winds put tree limbs and some power lines in jeopardy.

At minimum road conditions will be slippery. Especially in communities where precipitation is mostly snow. For those who see more of a mixed bag of precipitation- an element of variability will be thrown in making conditions even more complex.

Precipitation should taper off as the day progresses on Tuesday, as temperatures also rise into the upper 30s by day’s end.

Where is the Winter Weather Advisory active?

Counties shaded purple are in a Winter Weather Advisory. Those shaded in pink, pictured far-right, are in a Winter Storm Warning.

How much snow will fall?

The below snowfall map from the National Weather Service shows an estimation of accumulation totals across Central and Western New York.

Areas between Buffalo and Rochester will see less accumulation because of a quicker transition from frozen to liquid precipitation (1-3 inches). Areas between Rochester and Syracuse will see more snow (4-6 inches). And areas east of Syracuse will see the most snow (6+ inches).

Follow along with the latest below from the National Weather Service. We’ll update this post with the latest information as it becomes official.