MALONE — Weather forecasts say back-to-back snowstorms of varying intensity will blanket the region with pre-Christmas snow.
Warmer weather is expected to creep in for a day before Santa brings some chilly air with him on Christmas Eve, but the temperature should rise some again on Christmas Day.
The first snowstorm comes in Friday afternoon, and a second, stronger one with the possibility of significant sleet and ice, is expected Saturday and Sunday, according to John Goff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington.
“There will be some incidents in your area, starting with light-to-moderate snowfall Friday and Friday night,” he said. “It could be 2 to 4 or 5 inches of snow — nothing you can’t handle.”
The snow should turn to light flurries and could stop briefly before recharging for a nastier storm on Saturday afternoon and into Sunday, Goff said.
“There will be a significant amount of snow, depending on where you are and how the storm tracks. There can be sleet, freezing rain and maybe some rain.
“It could be a significant ice accumulation, so people who are traveling need to be aware of that,” he said. “Other than that, it’s a winter mix that can cause travelers some headaches.”
‘KEEP EYE ON FORECASTS’
The meteorologist advised those planning out-of-town trips to check local media reports and the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for updates and status changes.
The weather is expected to clear up and temperatures start climbing Monday, with highs reaching the 20s and possibly the low 30s.
“The air will be warmer and dry so it will be more seasonable,” Goff said, but the cold returns for Christmas Eve before rebounding Christmas Day.
“You might have some dirty snow because of the melt you’ll see from the warmer temperatures, but there is a real good chance you will still have a white Christmas.”