OLEAN – A winter storm warning was issued for the Olean area Sunday at 5 a.m. today by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
While the system was expected to drop several inches of snow to the west and north, the Olean region was only expected to receive 1-3 inches. With warmer daytime temperatures expected this week, any snow will disappear and further accumulation is unlikely to last.
“The snow is continuing but will begin to dry up by 8 a.m. Monday,” said Liz Jurkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. The maximum temperature will be around 24 degrees Monday with a minimum overnight through Tuesday morning of around 10 degrees.
“It will be dry Tuesday through Tuesday night,” Jurkowski said. “The next system will arrive Wednesday morning, starting with snow turning to rain. It will be quite brief and out of the zone by Wednesday night.
Temperatures will increase slightly over the next few days. On Tuesday the daytime temperature will reach a high of 35 degrees with a Wednesday high of around 49 to 50 degrees. While it cools overnight – Tuesday will see a low of 19 – Wednesday will have a warmer low in the mid-30s.
“It will rain throughout Thursday and change to snow Friday morning. It will be a repeat,” Jurkowski said. “Thursday high will be 66 with a low in the mid 30s. Friday will be a high of around 50 with a low of 29, 30. Saturday should be around 45 with a low of 27… There are chance of flurries throughout the weekend, especially Saturday.
The six to ten day forecast shows slightly lower temperatures and below average rainfall. This is expected to last with near normal rainfall in the 14 day outlook.