UTICA, NY – The weather Tuesday will slowly go downhill as a large storm system approaches. The best bet for traveling on Tuesday will be through the morning into early afternoon. The worst weather will occur late Tuesday afternoon through the evening as a burst of wet snow and wintry mix will develop near sunset.
Most roads will be mainly wet, however a slushy snow accumulation and light glaze over the higher elevations could make for some tricky travel in the evening.
Here is how much snow accumulation can be expected through Tuesday night.
Here is the how much ice accumulation can be expected.
Note the highest likelihood for accumulation of snow and ice will be confined to the higher terrain of the Adirondacks and north of the Mohawk valley.
Most areas will slowly change to all rain through Tuesday night, but some wet snow, sleet and freezing rain will likely linger the longest over the Adirondacks. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for northern Oneida County and the North Country from late Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
Winds will be on the increase Tuesday afternoon with gusts expected to be near and over 35 mph, especially in the higher elevations. Wind speeds will gradually ease through Wednesday.
The weather looks much better for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, as weak high pressure builds into the region. After a pleasant Thanksgiving with highs in the mid 40s, expect temperatures to fall into the 30s on Black Friday. No major storms expected into the weekend, but there could be a few minor lake flakes Saturday or some light rain and wet snow on Sunday. Expect little, if any accumulation over the weekend, which is good news for traveling.
–Chief Meteorologist Craig Flint