Cortland Weather Outlook: Friday, December 3

Your Cortland County weather forecast for Friday, December 3, 2021:

A chilly northwest flow will produce a few lake effect snow showers today.

The best chance for snow will come during the morning hours. As the day goes on, the lake effect will weaken, though it may not completely disappear until evening.

The lake effect will be organized in just one or two narrow bands. With a width as low as several miles, most of the area will probably not see snow at any given time.

Inside the bands, though, moderate snow will be possible with reduced visibility and minor accumulations.

Outside of the snow bands, the sun will be in and out of clouds. Late in the afternoon, sunshine will become dominant with a brief window for clear skies early this evening.

By the mid-evening, winds will shift and clouds will return to the area. Any lingering lake effect will move far to the north and dissipate, leaving the overnight dry.

Northwest winds will be at their strongest this morning with speeds up to 15 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. Wind speeds will steadily drop through the afternoon, ending up near or under 5 mph by dusk.

Afternoon highs will top out just above the freezing mark, but not up to 35 degrees. Some higher elevations in the northern part of the county may not quite make it to freezing at 32 degrees.

Evening temperatures will quickly fall to the low and mid 20s, but will hold steady or rise slightly thereafter as winds turn to the southwest.

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

Saturday: A few rain and snow showers. Blustery west-northwest winds developing. Morning lows in the mid 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 30s.

Sunday: Thin clouds gradually becoming thicker. Morning lows in the mid 20s. Afternoon highs in the mid 30s.

Monday: Rain showers, especially late. Strong south winds. Morning lows in the upper 30s. Afternoon highs near 50.

Tuesday: A few snow showers. Morning lows in the low 20s. Afternoon highs near 30.