SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR) – Lake effect continues into Friday off both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie impacting parts of Central New York.


We expect the band of moderate to heavy snow to be up around the Watertown area Friday morning and likely produces snowfall rates between 2 and 4 inches per hour at times with even a bit of thundersnow on Friday!  

The most significant accumulations of lake snow, 1 to 3 feet or more, are expected to be across Jefferson County, St. Lawrence Seaway to Watertown area. Travel in this area is expected to be difficult, if not impossible late in the week so plan accordingly if you have any plans near Watertown at this time.

Meanwhile, we do think occasional snow showers and a few squalls will impact CNY, including Syracuse and the Finger Lakes areas compliments of Lake Erie. We don’t anticipate anything more than a coating to an inch or two from Lake Erie, but visibility could be greatly reduced briefly in any squalls that pass by, and roads could become slick at times too, especially across the hills south of Syracuse.


For most, including Syracuse, the weather looks quiet and chilly tonight with lows in the 20s.

Meanwhile, a band of heavy lake snow looks like will be located between A-Bay/U.S. Canadian border and Watertown extending into St. Lawrence County and at times across the Northwestern part of the Tug Hill much of Friday night. Snowfall rates within this band continue to reach 2 to 4 inches per hour with a bit of thundersnow too just like Friday!


Winds become more southerly on Saturday in advance of an approaching stronger cold front/disturbance to the west of us. The more southerly flow should push the band of lake snow out of Jefferson County and the U.S. and into Canada north-northeast of Lake Ontario to kick off the weekend.  Most areas, including Syracuse, see some sun and highs in the 30s to start the weekend which is good news if you have any travel plans in and around CNY.

On Sunday, the above mentioned cold front blows through and brings the lake snow band north back south through CNY. Many, including Syracuse should see a burst of snow with the cold front passage Sunday morning/midday. This cold front will probably be followed by a band of heavier lake snow getting close to, if not into the Syracuse area, or at least the northern suburbs Sunday afternoon and evening.

Everyone likely sees at least a quick coating to an inch or two of snow Sunday, while several inches of snow are probable within the band of lake snow setting up near Syracuse for the second half of Sunday. Travel is expected to be difficult in and around this band of lake snow on Sunday. The chill peaks Sunday with highs only in the low to mid 30s and wind chills in the teens and low 20s throughout the day. Brrr…

Snow lovers, winter enthusiasts and those that rely on snow for their business are certainly smiling now and hoping this is a sign of things to come this winter season.