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Breezy lake effect ends tonight, clipper brings wet snow Friday

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Friday: Cloudy with a 70% chance of wet snow showers, mixed with some rain in the afternoon. Minor accumulations possible north of Route 17 and into the Catskills. Winds: SSW 5-10 mph, High: 36 (31-39)

Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of lake effect snow showers early. Winds: NW 4-8 mph, Low: 18 (15-21)

Saturday: Partly cloudy skies. High: 28, Low: 16

Forecast Discussion

Tomorrow's clipper system is still expected to arrive with some snow showers right in time for the morning commute, between 7-9 AM. The track of this system is still going to be right over, or just north of Binghamton, and this does play into how much snow could fall. Given the track, some warmer air will exist on the southern side of this low, while colder air will be just to the north. So, areas south of or right near Route 17 are likely to see wet snow showers, mixed with some rain drops at times in the afternoon. Off to the north, generally all snow will fall, though still a bit wet in nature. This means only an inch of wet snow will be possible south, while roughly 1-3” could be added on to the snow pack in our northern counties, with snow making roads somewhat slick if they aren't treated.

Regardless, this system will be fairly quick and not much of a worry, with cold high pressure returning for the weekend. Highs Saturday will only be in the 20's, but plenty of warm air starts to return quickly on Sunday, when highs jump back into the middle and upper 30's.

Again, this warm air is ahead of the next fairly stout storm for Monday and Tuesday. We're still looking at temperatures well into the 40's with continual rain both days. Given the consistency with this rainfall, along with snow melt, some flood issues could arise early next week and will be watched for moving forward. Another shot of fairly cold air and quiet weather returns next Wednesday and Thursday.

Damon Matson

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