Snow coming, but less than in New England

Winter weather advisory issued for Adirondacks

Tri-Lakes drivers may need to be careful on the roads today and Friday.

Snowfall isn’t expected to be as heavy here as in New England, but still, the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, has issued a winter weather advisory for New York’s Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties.

The advisory is for 10 a.m. today to 1 p.m. Friday and includes Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, according to Scott Whittier, warning coordination meteorologist for the weather service. The area will experience moderate snow totaling 3 to 6 inches, with localized higher amounts across the Adirondacks.

“Snowfall intensities won’t be anything great, so by the time it’s all said and done, there will be some 24 to 30 hours of snowfall,” Whittier said. “We’re probably looking at an average 4- to 7-inch snowfall across the Adirondacks.”

Snow will fall mainly this afternoon into early Friday morning and will taper off on Friday afternoon, Whittier said.

He said a double-barrel low-pressure system is causing the snow.

“(The system) is going to be moving up through Canada, and there’s a secondary low that’s going to develop around Cape Cod and then really intensify as it hits the Gulf of Maine,” Whittier said. “Because of the late intensification, the moisture is not going to be thrown back as far west as normally would be the case on a snow track like this. It’s probably going to be largely confined to central and eastern Vermont.”

Tri-Lakes temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s today and will move to the mid to upper 20s as night hits, according to the advisory. Winds will be 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

The snow will lead to hazardous driving conditions on snow-covered, slippery roads, but Whittier said the winter conditions should be normal for residents of the area.

“It’s typical winter driving conditions; you know you’re going to have snow-covered roads,” Whittier said. “When the winds start picking up a little bit on Friday, you’ll maybe have some blowing of snow, and that may reduce your visibility as well as anything that may fall. There is nothing that is going to be extremely harsh, but you’ll certainly have to drive slower and be prepared to react to the conditions that present themselves.”

The weather service said poor visibility, below 1 mile at times, is expected tonight and for Friday morning commutes.