Gusty winds to bring warmer weather; colder Saturday, warmer Sunday, and more snow in St. Lawrence Valley
Friday, January 4, 2013 - 9:21 am

The National Weather Service says we should expect some accumulating snows this afternoon and tonight. It won’t amount to much, but very gusty winds could make travel difficult. Look for a dusting to two inches in the larger valleys and two to four inches up in the mountains, and for wind gusts in the 30 to 40 mph range this afternoon.

After a warmup – it’s above 30 degrees in many areas already – the temperature will drop into the teens tonight and remain there tomorrow, dipping into the single digits Saturday night. Then on Sunday, it will warm up again. Temperatures will rise to near 30, and some more snow is expected, before the temperature drops again, to near zero Sunday night.

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

• Today: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

• Tonight: Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

• Saturday: Scattered snow showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 18. West wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

• Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow after 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 8. Light and variable wind.

• Sunday: Snow likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

• Sunday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

• Monday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 14.

• Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 0.

• Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

• Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

• Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 44.

• Wednesday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

• Thursday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Chance of precipitation is 40%.