Cortland Weather Outlook: Thursday, February 29


Your Cortland County weather forecast for Thursday, February 29, 2024:

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

A breezy, chilly day is ahead as Leap Day closes out February.

Cold west-northwest winds, combined with moisture and energy from the Upper Great Lakes and Lake Ontario, will produce lake effect snow southeast of Lake Ontario.

Most of this snow is expected to remain north of the county. The band may clip the northern boundary with Onondaga county at times this morning, but the rest of the area should just see some scattered snow showers.

On the offhand chance the band sinks further south than expected, the northern hills could see several inches of snow. Most likely, though, snow accumulations will be under an inch county-wide.

Winds will be blustery again today with gusts approaching 40 mph at times.

The wind will help hold temperatures down, and highs today will be around thirty-five degrees colder than yesterday. Most areas in the county will not even come close to 30 degrees, topping out in the mid 20s instead.

Wind chill values will be near 0 early this morning and in the 10s during the afternoon.

The chances for snow will end by midday and the afternoon should have increasing sunshine. Skies will be mostly clear tonight, though a few passing clouds here and there will be possible.

Winds will be much lighter tonight and will swing around to the southwest. Warmer air will start to move in, preventing a frigid night. Temperatures for most of the night will hover in the low 20s.

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

Friday: Mostly sunny and turning warmer. Morning lows in the low 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 40s.

Saturday: More clouds than sun. A few showers. Morning lows in the low 30s. Afternoon highs in the upper 40s.

Sunday: Clouds and some sun. Morning lows in the mid 30s. Afternoon highs in the mid and upper 50s.

Sunday: Clouds and some sun. Maybe a few showers. Morning lows in the low 40s. Afternoon highs in the mid and upper 50s.