Cortland Weather Outlook: Friday, February 3


Your Cortland County weather forecast for Friday, February 3, 2023:

(Photo Source: Stephen Yang/The Cortland Voice).

Today will be a harsh winter day with strong winds, dangerous wind chills, and bouts of snow and blowing snow.

An arctic cold front moved through last night and a frigid airmass has taken up residence over the area. Temperatures throughout the daytime hours today will remain in the mid and upper single digits.

Northwest winds will blow with speeds nearing 20 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph.

The combination of cold temperatures and strong winds will send wind chill values below -20 degrees at times during the daytime hours. 

As temperatures drop below zero this evening, the wind speeds will gradually diminish. However, wind chills as low as -30 degrees will be possible through the nighttime hours. 

These low wind chills have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Chill Warning for Cortland County.

Bands of lake effect snow will stream off Lake Ontario, and possibly Skaneateles and Otisco Lakes as well. The snow bands will often be narrow and will move around a lot, so it will not always be snowing.

Any snow that does fall will be blown around by the strong winds, keeping travel conditions poor throughout the day. Accumulations, which will be difficult to measure, will be on the order of a couple inches, especially over the northern half of the county.

The on and off lake effect snow will be present throughout the day and into the evening and overnight. The snow will gradually diminish after midnight, but a few flurries may remain by dawn Saturday.

Temperatures will vary across the county, bottoming out anywhere from near 0 degrees to as low as -10 degrees, depending on terrain and the lake effect.

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

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. A few early flurries possible. Morning lows between 0 and -10, depending on terrain and cloud cover. Afternoon highs around 20 degrees.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Temperatures rise overnight to the mid 20s by dawn. Afternoon highs in the mid 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. A few early flurries. Morning lows near 30. Afternoon highs in the low and mid 30s.

Tuesday: Cloudy with a few late rain showers. Morning lows in the mid 20s. Afternoon highs in the low 40s.