Cortland Weather Outlook: Friday, January 7

Your Cortland County weather forecast for Friday, January 7, 2022:

A classic winter day is setting up across the area with cold, wind, and some lake effect snow.

Some light snow early this morning will be associated with an area of low pressure that will strengthen off the New England coast. This widespread snow will move out shortly after sunrise but will quickly be replaced by lake effect.

Snow showers will be likely at almost any point today from the lake effect. However, a stronger squall will also be possible during the late morning or midday hours.

This squall will have the potential to reduce visibility and make road conditions slick in a short time. It will be quick moving though, so accumulations will be minor.

The lake effect should also become steadier this evening before tapering to just a few lingering flurries after midnight. Most of the day’s accumulation will come from this batch of snow with a general 1-3 inches falling with a chance for a couple isolated pockets of higher amounts.

It will also be a windy day. Northwest winds will increase through the morning as the low off the coast increases in intensity. During the midday and afternoon hours, winds will be near 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

The wind will keep temperatures from rising much, with mid 20s likely throughout the day. After sunset, temperatures will quickly fall into the mid teens.

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

Saturday: Sun and a few clouds, especially very early and very late. Morning lows in the mid 10s. Afternoon highs in the mid 20s.

Sunday: Morning freezing rain, turning to plain rain showers for the afternoon. Morning lows in the mid 20s. Afternoon highs in the mid 30s.

Monday: Lake effect flurries and squalls possible, mostly in the northern part of the county. Morning lows in the mid 10s. Afternoon highs near 20.

Tuesday: Light lake effect snow showers. Very cold. Morning lows near 0. Afternoon highs in the mid 0s.