What a crazy weekend it was temperature wise across the area & precipitation wise too! Early Saturday morning the temperature spiked into the 50s for most, but then plunged during the mid to late morning back into the 30s to near 40 & managed to drop to around or just below freezing late Saturday/early Saturday night, which set many of us up for at least a minor glazing to a tenth of an inch, but in some cases, especially west of Rochester a solid quarter to half an inch accumulated on all things. Roads did not get too bad for many, but it was a little difficult getting around no matter what you did through mid morning Sunday. The picture above of the Birch raising the white flag was taken Sunday morning in Ogden by Rose Naramore. It is beautiful to look at, but it's very dangerous to get around & about & if there's enough like back in 2003 & 1991 that accumulates power outages & damage becomes widespread & takes days/weeks to clean up from. Anyways, the ice is history & it was for most by Sunday afternoon/evening as temperatures warming into the 40s caused it to melt away.
The new week has started off mild, but it is now turning colder & brisk & we will begin to see a little snow in the air this afternoon. A little coating is expected, but that's about it for this afternoon. Tonight a little lake snow should fly near & especially north of the Thruway where a coating to an inch or so could fall.
On Tuesday, a weak little clipper will scoot through & produce some mainly light snow, but I believe it will add up to a coating to an inch or two for all, which should ensure a white Christmas for all, or at least most. The good news is I don't expect any major travel headaches due to weather for your Christmas travels. Need at least 1" on the ground on Christmas morning for it to be considered a white Christmas here in the United States.
On Christmas itself it will be quiet & cold for most of the day, but later in the afternoon a little more snow may spread in from the west in advance of a push of milder air. Thursday will be milder with snow showers likely to be around, & then maybe a few flurries or a snow shower could linger Friday, but right now the end of the week & start of the weekend look nice n' quiet with highs in the low 30s Thursday & Friday, & maybe 40+ come later Saturday! A big time cold blast of air will then make a charge in later Sunday into the start of next week. Stay tuned...