Syracuse, N.Y. — Put away the shorts and bring out the down coats: After two consecutive days of record warmth in Upstate New York, winter roars back with colder temperatures and the likelihood of heavy snow on Tuesday.
A foot or more of snow is expected in the Catstexts and eastern Southern Tier on Tuesday, and Albany could see 10 inches. Totals drop off sharply to the west and north: Syracuse is likely to get just 3 inches; Buffalo an inch.
“Confidence is increasing that much of the area will see some significant snowfall out of this storm,” said the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, which issues forecasts for the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier and Catstexts regions.
Snow could fall at blinding rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour in the regions hit hardest, the weather service said.
Winter storm watches are in effect as far north as Cortland County. The storm is still developing, so it’s possible the weather service will expand those watches into Central New York over the next day. Stay tuned to our weather page for updates.
While the odds favor low snowfall totals in Central New York, there’s still a 10% chance of Syracuse getting 10 inches of snow.
This winter has, so far, been Syracuse’s least snowy on record. Just 28 inches has fallen this season, 60 inches less than normal through Feb. 11.
Regardless of how much snow falls, this week marks a return to winter after temperatures hit 60 degrees Friday and Saturday. Highs this week won’t crack the low 40s. That’s still warmer than the normal high this time of year, which is about 33 degrees.