The lake effect snow belts of western and northern NY will bear the brunt of the arctic air, with temperatures averaging at least 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. Temps will plummet over the next 24 hours, and will likely be struggling to hit the 20s statewide with lows in the single digits for most, and possibly sub-zero for some in higher elevations. Winds will likely ramp up later next weekend due to that offshore coastal storm, and it's not inconceivable to have wind chills near or below zero when the ball drops New Year's Eve. The brutal northwest wind will gust as high as 30 miles per hour.
We'll see a mix of sun and cloud today with a 30 per cent chance of flurries and wind up to 15 km/h.
Sunny to partly cloudy, brisk and quite cold. Late Thursday night we'll watch a weakening clipper-type disturbance track through the Great Lakes.
The weather forecast for Saturday is coming into better focus, with regard to the possibility of snow.
Friday NightMostly cloudy, with a low around 9.
On Monday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of minus 1, according to the weather service.
On Monday, New Year's Day, it will be sunny and cold, with a high near 8, the weather service said.
For next week, "Sunday through Tuesday.Other than possibly some ocean effect snow showers over the outer Cape during Sunday morning, it looks to remain cold and dry with a reinforcing shot of arctic air", forecasters say.
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