Nowhere to go but up...
Posted February 28th, 2014 by Bill Kardas. 34 comments
Cold, dry air will continue to linger in Central New York today and tonight, before the weather improves a bit over the weekend. Some snow chances later in the weekend, along with another round of cold weather early next week. When will we get a break from the cold?
For the 21st time, we fell below zero in Rome. The current temperature as I write this is -11°. This will be pretty close to the low for the day, as the sun is up. It only takes a few hours of clear skies to get temperatures to drop like a rock.
Last night's lake effect event turned into a dud. This wasn't a surprise on our end, as air temperatures were in the single digits last night. Over the years, we've noticed a distinct lack of performance in the lake band when temperatures are less than 10 degrees late in the season. The lake band, even under decent lake effect parameters, doesn't extend as far inland as it would with higher air temperatures. Snow lovers get fustrated when we point these things out.
February will likely go down as a top 10 coldest month on record. The numbers will become official later today, but it looks like we've got enough cold to make the #10 spot. I know it's probably hard for some of you to believe, but there were 9 other colder Februarys in this area. The most recent one on the list goes back to 1980.
Today will be a pleasant but cold day ahead. Highs will be in the lower teens. With less of a wind chill today and with the almost March sun, it will not feel as brutal as the past two days. Tonight will be our 22nd night below zero as skies remain partly cloudy. The overnight low will be -5 to -10 degrees depending on cloud cover. Clouds do arrive tomorrow morning.
If you're heading out to the Heart Run and Walk tomorrow, DRESS WARMLY. We expect temperatures to start out below zero around 6/7am, with temperatures climbing quickly into the low teens by 10am. The wind will pick up a bit, making it feel like near zero throughout the morning. Conditions improve throughout the day, with highs expected to reach the upper 20s by the afternoon. Flurries arrive late in the day. Layers, layers, layers. You know the drill by now. If not, we give up :)
Any end in sight?
The winter of 2013-2014 will go down in the books as one of the coldest ones in recent memory. Another snap of cold weather arrives for early next week, before the winter's wrath eases for later in the week. The storm on Monday looks like it takes a pass to the south, keeping the heavy accumuations away from Central New York. If anything changes (it still could) we'll keep you posted. Things are going to get better around here.
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