MASSENA - The wrath of Old Man Winter will be felt in Northern New York starting Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt.
Meteorologist Kimberly McMahon said the region could expect from 10 to 16 inches of fresh snow by the time the storm is over on Saturday.
Some areas such as the Adirondacks could see up to 18 inches of snow, she said.
Its going to start late Thursday into Thursday night, and were going to get some periods of heavy snowfall on Friday. Things wont really taper off until Saturday morning, she said.
Ms. McMahon said two storms will actually combine into one to provide the significant snowfall to the area.
A northern storm will head eastward and southeastward over the southern Great Lakes, bringing snow into the St. Lawrence Valley early Thursday night, she said.
That storm will interact with another low pressure thats going to basically be moving up the Carolina coast and will combine into one storm, Ms. McMahon said.
Once they combine, she said, they will strengthen greatly, bringing a projected accumulation of more than a foot of snow to the area.
Its looks so far like its going to be fluffy, less dense snow. There will be lots of it, but not heavy snow, she said.
The National Weather Service in Burlington has already issued a Winter Storm Watch that is in effect from Thursday evening through Saturday morning for all of Northern New York, as well as central and northern Vermont.
They say that snow will develop over Northern New York Thursday evening, overspreading the rest of the area by midnight Friday.
They expect moderate to heavy snow will fall at a maximum of 1 to 2 inches per hour, mainly Friday afternoon and evening. Winds will be from the east at 10 to 15 miles an hour with gusts up to 20 miles per hour, and temperatures will be from around 2 degrees below zero to 12 degrees.
Area roadways will be hazardous, especially during the morning and evening commutes on Friday, they advise, noting that visibility will be less than a mile at times in heavier snow.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
And before the snow, more cold. Temperatures are expected to drop to 11 below zero tonight and will struggle to reach double digits on Thursday.