Below-average cold will stick around in St. Lawrence County for a few days; could snow this afternoon
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 11:39 am

A prolonged stretch of cold weather, with temperatures running 10 to 20 degrees below average, is expected to persist through early next week, according to the National Weather Service outlook for the North Country.

Today, there is a chance of brief moderate to heavy snowfall during the day, but no more than an inch is expected to accumulate. With the high temperature of about 12 and a 20 mph breeze from the west, wind chill values will be as low as minus 8.

The low will dip to about minus 4 tonight under cloudy skies, with wind chills as low as minus 17, and maybe lower if gusts of about 25 mph materialize. There is a slight chance of a little more snow.

Snowfall might be a little heavier on Thursday as another Arctic front will move eastward across the region. Snow and stiff breezes could make for hazardous travel conditions at about mid-day. Highs will reach about 20 Thursday and with wind gusts as high as 26 mph, wind chills could reach minus 19.

Tomorrow night, we could get another half-inch of snow. Lows will be around minus 5.

The NWS forecast for the St. Lawrence Valley and northwestern Adiorndacks:

• This Afternoon: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 3pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -8. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 20 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

•Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers before 8pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Wind chill values as low as -17. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

• Thursday: Snow showers. High near 19. Wind chill values as low as -19. Southeast wind 10 to 16 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

• Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around -5. Wind chill values as low as -18. West wind 13 to 16 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Friday: Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 9. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

• Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

• Saturday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 23. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

• Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 5. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming northwest after midnight.

• Sunday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 14. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

• Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

• Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. Northeast wind around 7 mph.

• Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Light north wind.

• Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.