Tropical storm brings heavy rain to NY, snow follows: what you need to know


A treacherous weather forecast is in effect for much of central New York and the southern portion as what’s left of Tropical Storm Nicole moves through Appalachia bringing torrential rains, meteorologists say.

Showers are expected to begin Friday afternoon in the area, with possible thunderstorms and localized flooding, according to Michael Murphy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton. But the forecast forecast is slightly weaker than what was expected earlier this week, he said. Total rainfall is expected to be between 1.5 and 2.5 inches with winds of just 10 to 12 miles per hour, and the storm is expected to dissipate around 7 or 8 a.m. Saturday.

“The storm is moving so fast now, it’s really going to be less than a 24-hour rainy spell,” he said, later adding, “By the time it comes, it’s just going to shift to a normal depression. system.”

Even with possible isolated flash floods, river levels are expected to remain below the floodplain, Murphy said. However, he noted that meteorologists would keep an eye out for flooding and severe thunderstorms.

Snow Forecast for Utica, Syracuse Area

After the storm, temperatures are expected to drop after a period of unusually warm weather. One to two inches of lake-effect snow is expected around Syracuse, Rome and Utica from Sunday evening through Monday as overnight lows reach 20, Murphy said. Only a few showers are forecast for the Southern Tier.

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Another system could also bring more snow and rain next Tuesday and Wednesday, Murphy noted.

“We are finally getting back to normal weather,” he said, noting the recent high temperatures. “It’s 10 to 12 degrees above normal.”

H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking news and trends for the Observer-Dispatch in Utica. Email Rose at [email protected]


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