Cortland Weather Outlook: Friday, March 3


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

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

The next winter storm will move into the area late today, once again with a mixture of snow and ice.

For the morning and most of the afternoon, it will quiet with cloudy skies. The clouds may even be thin enough to allow for a little sunshine to filter through the clouds early on.

Precipitation should arrive from the southwest between 4-6 PM, starting off as a band of heavy snow. Sleet will start to mix in after a few hours, with pockets of freezing rain also possible.

Mixed precipitation will persist throughout the evening and overnight, though the precipitation may let up at times or even end for a couple of hours.

Travel will become hazardous quickly as the snow starts, though daytime highs up around 40 may keep the roads just wet initially. As temperatures drop to near or just under freezing around sunset, the roads will get icy and snowy.

The magnitude and impacts from this event will be similar to other mixed precipitation events this winter, including the one earlier this week. Snow and sleet accumulations of 3-6 inches are likely by Saturday morning, with the highest amounts in the higher terrain.

Winds will be light during the day from the southeast, but will crank up this evening with speeds of 15-20 mph. Gusts over 40 mph are likely, which could lead to some sporadic power outages, especially if freezing rain mixes in and coats branches and wires.

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

Saturday: Snow showers, especially in the morning and midday hours, and possibly mixing with some rain at times. Morning lows in the low 30s. Afternoon highs in the mid 30s.

Sunday: Clouds and some sun. Morning lows in the upper 20s. Afternoon highs in the mid 30s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Morning lows in the low 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 30s.

Tuesday: Rain and snow showers. Morning temperatures in the mid 30s. Afternoon temperatures falling to the mid 30s.