Syracuse, NY — The day after Easter, winter storm warnings have been issued for much of Upstate New York for tonight into Tuesday morning.
As much as a foot of snow could fall at higher elevations, including the Adirondacks and Catskills. At lower elevations, the most snow is likely to be east of I-81, in the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region. Those areas could see 5 to 11 inches of snow, with the highest on hilltops.
Syracuse has now been included in a lesser winter weather advisory, issued this morning by the National Weather Service. Most of Onondaga County will likely see a couple of inches, except in the hills south of the city, where heavy snow could fall overnight.
School delays are possible in hard-hit areas, as the most intense snow is expected just around sunrise.
The coastal storm will likely reach Upstate New York this evening, with rain beginning near sunset and switching over to snow early Tuesday morning. Temperatures will hover around freezing, so even if they run a couple of degrees above the forecast, we could see more rain and less snow.
The band of heaviest snow is expected to the east of Syracuse, and it will be largely dependent on elevation. For example, the central Oneida County town of Westmoreland, at 655 feet above sea level, is forecast to get about 6 inches of snow. About 25 miles to the south, the Madison County town of Brookfield, at 1,000 feet higher than Westmoreland, could see a foot.
For Syracuse and nearby communities, any snow is likely to wind down Tuesday morning after temperatures warm up. Higher elevations to the east could see snow throughout the day Tuesday. Strong winds Tuesday afternoon could cut down sharply on visibility.
The weather service has also cautioned about potential power outages. Spring snow generally holds more moisture and can put excessive weight on utility lines.
Snow will melt quickly, thanks to the high angle of the sun this time of year and warming temperatures. High temperatures will run in the upper 40s and 50s for the next few days, and even into the 60s by Friday.