Cortland Weather Outlook: Thursday, October 29

Your Cortland County weather forecast for Thursday, October 29, 2020:

The remains of Hurricane Zeta have combined with a large storm system and will bring steady rain and the first snowflakes to the area today.

Clouds are thickening out ahead of a large area of rain. This rain will track north into the area by midday and will become steady through the afternoon. Some brief periods of heavier rain are possible.

Winds will start from the east at around 5 mph this morning. The wind will turn to the northeast and increase to 10 mph this afternoon. Winds will become more northerly overnight, remaining around 10 mph.

High temperatures on the day will occur just as the rain is beginning, reaching the low 40s. The temperature will drop a couple degrees in the afternoon.

Tonight, cold air will wrap into the system and the rain will start to mix with and change to snow. Higher elevations will see the changeover first, but snow should be widespread throughout the county no later than midnight.

Total precipitation amounts by Friday morning will be near an inch. Snow accumulations will be limited to a slushy coating for most areas, though some of the highest hilltops could see an inch or two.

Temperatures overnight should stay near or above freezing, keeping most area roads in fair to good shape.

Here is a look at the weather for the next several days:

Friday: An early snow shower, then cloudy with a few breaks of sun. Morning lows in the low 30s. Afternoon highs in the mid 30s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Morning lows near 20. Afternoon highs near 40.

Sunday: A little early sun, then increasing clouds and some late showers. Morning lows near 30. Afternoon highs near 50.

Monday: Windy and cloudy with flurries and a few squalls. Morning lows in the upper 20s. Afternoon highs in the low 30s.