Weather outlook: Will Cortland have a white Christmas?

SUNY Cortland (Hope Palma-Simoncek/Cortland Voice)

Summary: We WILL have a white Christmas. Expect seasonal temperatures through the middle of the week, with highs mainly in the 30s and lows around 20 degrees.

Monday/Monday Night: Snow showers and snow squalls that have affected the Cortland area this afternoon will be reduced to scattered snow showers or flurries Monday night, with little snow accumulation expected. It will be chilly overnight with lows in the 20s. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday, and total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are expected for our region during the advisory period.

There is a potential for heavier, lake-effect snow to impact the greater Syracuse area through Tuesday.

Tuesday (Christmas Day): Some light lake effect snow showers or flurries, especially in the morning, with a possibility for breaks of sun in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the mid 30s.

Tuesday night: Lighter flurries throughout the evening. Lows in the lower 20s.

Wednesday: Flurries peter out. Highs in the lower 30s.

Thursday: Thickening clouds, with little to no precipitation expected. Highs in the mid 30s.

Friday: Rain will develop Thursday night and continue into Friday afternoon, with total rainfall around a half of an inch.

Saturday: A secondary cold front passes, bringing snow and rain showers followed by colder air Saturday night into Sunday.