The National Weather Service has issued several weather advisories for various conditions that could impact the area. A Snow Squall Warning is in effect until 11:00AM Wednesday morning for Oneida and part of Northwest Madison County. This is in addition to a Winter Weather Advisory and a Wind Chill Advisory.
With respect to the Snow Squall Advisory, the Weather Service notes that a snow squall was located along a line extending from Fulton to near Lowville, moving southeast at 25 mph. Whiteout conditions could be created in the squall line with zero visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow. Wind gusts greater than 30 mph. A quick inch or so of snow could fall in less than 30 minutes. A brief rumble cannot be ruled out as well. Areas impacted include; Clay, Rome, Cicero, Oneida, North Syracuse, Lee, Vienna, Minoa, Phoenix and Camden. This includes the following highway exits; Interstate 90 near 34A and New York Interstate 81 between 28 and 31. Consider avoiding or delaying travel until the snow squall passes your location. If you must travel, use extra caution and allow extra time. Rapid changes in visibility and slick road conditions may lead to accidents. Reduce your speed and turn on headlights! During snow squalls, the visibility may suddenly drop to near zero in whiteout conditions.
The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10:00PM Wednesday. Snow is expected, with accumulations 2 to 5 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Steady light snow will develop later this morning, with lake enhanced snow squalls during the afternoon and evening, along and behind an arctic cold front. Squalls could produce whiteout conditions.
The Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from 1:00AM until 12:00PM Thanksgiving Day. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will create areas of blowing snow. Wind chills as low as 15 below zero expected Thursday morning. Under all of these conditions, drivers should plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute. The coldest wind chills are expected early Thursday morning.
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