New Year storm to bring bitter cold, some snow

Yes, it will be snowing much of the time from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night as an area of low pressure tracks along a front to our south. However, this storm system does not have a huge amount of moisture with it, as there is not much of a connection to the Gulf of Mexico and very little help from the Atlantic. Therefore, while this will be a long duration event, the snow will be light to moderate at times. Heavy snow does not seem overly likely.Because the snow will be light, road crews should be able to keep the roads fairly well kept. This will of course vary upon location and road crew, but significant travel impacts are not expected. As with any winter weather, use some extra caution and slow down, but you probably do not have to cancel all your Thursday plans.Since this is a long storm, accumulations at first glance will seem moderate, with total accumulations of 4-8″, locally up to 10″. However, in any given 6 hour period, the snow should only accumulate an inch or two. The most likely time for more than two inches in a six hour period will be between midnight and 6am Thursday.The bottom line is that we have already had worse snows, both from storm systems and lake effect this year.Bitter cold will move in behind the storm- that part is not being hyped. Sub-zero readings are possible for some areas Friday morning, with everyone dropping below zero for Saturday morning. More details on that coming up.For the latest forecast and radar, along with updates from FL1 Staff Meteorologist Drew Montreuil, check out our Local Weather Center.

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