Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as a weather system is forecast to impact Upstate areas overnight and into Wednesday morning with up to six or more inches of heavy, wet snow and possible thunderstorms, creating dangerous travel conditions and power outages. A line of showers and embedded thunderstorms are expected to quickly move across the lower Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island regions early to mid-afternoon along and west of the Hudson River, and mid-to-late-afternoon East of the Hudson River. Winds could gust up to 45 mph or more near coastal locations. The line of storm activity should move offshore by early Wednesday evening.
A low-pressure system passing south of the Western New York region late Tuesday night is expected to produce widespread snow across most Upstate locations on Wednesday and could produce severe thunderstorms in the Capital and Mid-Hudson regions through Wednesday afternoon. Travel could be hazardous at times, especially in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions during the Wednesday morning commute, when the heaviest snow is expected to fall. Heavy, wet snow and gusty winds could also result in power outages and downed tree limbs.
“Another round of potentially severe weather is making its way toward New York State tomorrow, with heavy snow in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions during the morning hours and possibly severe thunderstorms in the Capital Region and Mid-Hudson later Wednesday,” Governor Cuomo said. “I have directed State agencies to track this weather system closely and ensure we are prepared to support any requests from local governments. I encourage all New Yorkers to drive safely, especially if you are traveling tomorrow morning.”
Starting early Wednesday morning, locations in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions are forecast to receive heavy, wet snow, with the heaviest snow expected to fall from pre-dawn hours through late morning. Road conditions will likely be hazardous due to slippery surfaces and possible downed tree limbs. For the Mohawk Valley, Capital, and Mid-Hudson regions, snow, rain, and thunderstorms are possible with a changeover to wet snow across higher elevations by Wednesday afternoon. Some areas in the Capital and Mid-Hudson regions could see some severe thunderstorms due to strong winds mixing with heavy precipitation and causing potentially hazardous conditions. For the North Country, heavy precipitation could be possible Wednesday afternoon, including periods of sleet and freezing rain. Snow accumulations up to 3 inches are expected for most locations, especially in higher terrain, and up to 8 inches along the northwestern slopes of the Adirondacks and the highest summits. Finally, colder air is forecast to produce some lake effect snow showers in areas southeast of the Great Lakes from Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
For a complete listing of weather advisories in your area, visit the National Weather Service weather alerts website.