Tonight: Steady snow tapers to snow showers after midnight. Additional snow of 1-3" by sunrise. Lows: 18-25. WNW wind between 5-10 mph.
Monday: Scattered snow showers and breezy. Northwest wind between 10-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph. High: 23-28F with a windchill near ten.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy and cold. Lows: 3-10. Winds near calm.
Forecast By: Meteorologist Nick Merianos
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A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7AM Tuesday.
Weather in a nutshell:
- 1-3" of new snow tonight, storm total of 3-6" by sunrise.
- Significant icing potential Tuesday/ Wednesday
-Initial burst of snow (1-3") Tuesday afternoon, transition to sleet/ freezing rain during the evening, then to rain for some by Wed AM. Ice accumulation less than 0.25".
- Arctic air returns Thursday (Highs in teens, overnight lows near zero).
- Weekend looks quiet and seasonable for now.
*Record: This past February is officially the coldest February on record for Binghamton since records began in 1951. Our average temperature, including day and night temperatures was at 12.2 degrees, breaking the previous record of 13.6 degrees from 1979. Here's hoping to a warmer month. In fact, today, March 1 marks the first day of meteorological spring.
Light snow will be most steady this evening (between 6PM - 9PM) then it will taper off to snow showers after midnight from west to east. Most locations received 1-3" as of Sunday afternoon, and another 1-3" is expected by sunrise Monday, placing the storm total in the 3-6" range.
We will be on the back end of the storm Monday with just a few left over snow showers, especially to the north and east of Binghamton. More noticeable Monday will be the wind. Winds will gusts out of the northwest at 30 mph, sustained between 10-20 mph. This will result in a windchill near 10 during the day.
Monday night will be quiet and cold under partly cloudy skies and lows in the single digits above zero.
Our next storm system arrives Tuesday and this one is tricky. The reason why I use the word "tricky" is because there are many variables coming into play here.
The storm will track across the Great Lakes Tuesday afternoon, placing the Southern Tier on the warm side of the storm. As precipitation arrives Tuesday afternoon, it will likely be cold enough to support all snow. I am expecting a brief burst of moderate to perhaps heavy snow Tuesday. We can pick up a quick 1-3" before warmer air transitions us to a wintry mix. The timing of changeover will be fined tuned in the days ahead, however at this point it appears changeover will occur toward the evening commute. Surface temperatures will be below freezing, however just a couple thousand feet above the ground, temperatures will be above freezing. This is the reason why I expect a wintry mix.
Late Tuesday into Wednesday could be icy. Temperatures will continue to warm to near freezing Tuesday night and Wednesday, which may allow some towns to change over to rain. The problem is it has been so cold for so long. So even though the air temperature may be at or just above 32 degrees, actual objects may still be below 32 degrees. This will result in rain to freeze on contact, creating ice on roadways, walkways, etc. The extent and duration of icing remains uncertain at this time as there are many variables that can affect the forecast.
Bottom line is this: The potential for freezing rain and icing exists Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. The potential for 0.25" or less of freezing rain is there. Please monitor future forecast as we fine tune our forecast in the days ahead.
Precipitation tapers off Wednesday morning with a gradual changeover to snow showers Wednesday afternoon as much colder air fills back into the Tiers.
Thursday will be much colder with highs in the teens along with some scattered snow showers.
Friday will start cold with temperatures near zero then rebound into the 20s during the afternoon under mostly sunny skies.
Next weekend looks quiet under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 30s.
Don't forget we spring forward Saturday night. Clocks skip an hour for daylight saving. In addition, it's a good idea to switch out those smoke detector batteries.