UPDATE – Blizzard Warning And Winter Storm Watch Issued For Friday Morning Through Saturday Evening

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Blizzard Warning Extended Into Northern Oneida And Herkimer Counties

For forecast details and snow amounts please click here for the latest info from Chief Meteorologist Colleen Hurley.

The National Weather Service has expanded their previous posting of a Blizzard Warning for the end of the week, now including Northern Oneida and Herkimer Counties along with Lewis County and the Tug Hill Plateau; in effect from 7:00 AM Thursday until 4:00 PM Friday. The Weather Service also issued a Winter Storm Watch for southern Oneida County Thursday morning through Saturday evening.

Across all regions, precipitation is expected to start Wednesday night as rain. Wind speeds are expected to pick up after midnight. The rain will change over to snow in the early morning hours and accumulate a couple of inches. Along with the snow, wind speeds will increase on Thursday. Winds will blow at 15 to 20 MPH, with gusts up to 40 MPH. This will be a long duration, heavy snow event for areas in the North Country. Total snow accumulation in that region could range from 12 to 18 inches with some areas possibly getting up to two feet.

In the southern portion of Oneida County, there could be rain early Thursday morning changing to snow. 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected in the Utica – Rome area Thursday afternoon. Like most of Central New York, wind speeds will pick up Thursday, with sustained winds at 15 to 25 MPH and gusts up to 45 mph. Later Thursday morning, snowfall will taper off, but windy conditions will persist causing blowing snow concerns.

As a pre-emptive move, the Village of Camden has banned parking on village streets from 2:00 AM Friday until 6:00 AM Sunday.

A snowfall forecast map can be found here, from Chief Meteorologist Colleen Hurley.

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