Syracuse, New York — This weekend’s coastal storm could bring 10 inches or more of snow to the Hudson Valley and half as much to central New York, according to the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Winter storm warnings are in effect east and south of Syracuse with potentially heavy snowfall Saturday afternoon into early Sunday.
“Heavy snowfall this weekend could cause hazardous driving conditions and significant travel disruptions,” the weather service said.
While Syracuse is not yet under a storm watch, central New York could receive 5 inches or more. That would make it the biggest snowstorm of the season in what has been a year with little snow in upstate New York.
The map above shows the best estimate of how much snow will fall, but that can vary depending on the track and speed of the storm. The meteorological service also offers various possibilities to take these factors into account. For example, there is a 10% chance that Syracuse will receive 8 inches of snow and a 10% chance that the city will see only 2 inches.
Light snow is expected to begin Saturday afternoon, with the heaviest snow falling from 7 pm Saturday to 7 am Sunday. A couple more inches could fall during the day on Sunday, mainly in the form of light flurries.
After the weekend storm comes another stronger one It is expected to reach upstate New York. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. That powerful storm could bring a combination of snow and heavy rain, raising concerns about flooding after a wet and warm December. The midweek storm will also bring high winds, up to 40 to 50 mph, which could cause scattered power outages.