Hurricane Zeta to Combine with Cold Canadian Air, Hazardous Conditions Predicted Throughout NYS

Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 hurricane making landfall in Louisiana today, brought along winds breaking 110 miles per hour, and is set to impact weather here in Western New York by Thursday evening.

While weakening along the way, Zeta will move rapidly towards the northeast before reaching the southern Appalachians, and eventually, the mid-Atlantic.  Upon a possible combination with cold Canadian air, our area could see an increase in snow and mixed rain. 

The Governor’s Officer provided projections for Thursday and Friday’s forecast:

“On Thursday night, there is a chance of rain showers across much of the state while snow showers could pop up in the Capital, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Western New York regions. Temperatures will range from the low-20s to the low-40s with winds out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph in the Capital and Mid-Hudson regions and 30 mph in New York City and Long Island regions.  New rainfall amounts of a half to three quarters of an inch are possible throughout the state, with snow accumulations of less than a half-inch expected in the Capital, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Western New York regions.

“On Friday, there is a chance of snow showers in the Capital, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York regions, with amounts of up to a half-inch possible.  Temperatures will range in the mid-30s to the low-50s, and winds will generally be out of the north at 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph in the Capital Region and 40 mph in the NYC and Long Island Regions.”

While there are no current watches or warnings issued for this weather event, that could change depending on the weather’s severity.