Cortland Weather Outlook: Wednesday, February 22


Your Cortland County weather forecast for Wednesday, February 22, 2023:

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An icy mix of precipitation will make for slick roads this afternoon and evening.

The morning hours should be quiet with increasing and thickening clouds. Precipitation will first arrive as early as the midday hours and may start as a little light snow.

During the early afternoon, the precipitation should transition to sleet and then freezing rain. This icy mix will last most of the afternoon and may persist into the evening hours.

Sleet is precipitation that falls as already frozen ice pellets. Freezing rain falls as a liquid but freezes once it contacts the surface. The ratio of sleet to freezing rain during the afternoon is uncertain and will likely vary from location to location.

Anywhere from a glaze to as much as a quarter-inch of ice will be possible. Generally speaking, higher elevations have the greater chance for significant icing.

If the ice amounts end up on the higher end, some sporadic power outages could result.

At some point this evening, the precipitation should mostly lift north and temperatures will just nose above freezing. Roads and sidewalks will remain slick if not properly treated, though.

Temperatures throughout the day will hover around or just under freezing in the low 30s. Winds will be from the east and southeast at around or just over 5 mph during both the daytime and nighttime hours.

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

Thursday: Morning clouds and some drizzle. Some breaks of afternoon sun possible. Morning lows in the low and mid 30s. Afternoon highs in the low 40s.

Friday: Lake effect snow showers, especially in the morning. Windy. Morning temperatures in the upper 10s. Afternoon temperatures dropping to the mid 10s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Morning lows in the mid single-digits. Afternoon highs in the mid 20s.

Sunday: Scattered snow showers. Morning lows near 20. Afternoon highs in the low 30s.