Mild temperatures, light wind, and generally dry today on Oneida Lake with the sun even making an appearance. A wintry mix will arrive later in the day likely after sunset. There could be some icy road conditions east of 81 so keep that in mind for your travel planning. Tomorrow looks okay as well with the heavy rain expected later in the day Thursday and into Friday. Get your ice fishing in either today or tomorrow as some sloppy conditions are headed our way for Friday.
Some very warm temperatures in the forecast along with stiff winds and then the rain will result in the need for extra caution over the weekend as we are expecting changing ice conditions. The high for Friday is now creeping up close to 60F by midday before a rapid cool down comes in. We are going to see significant run-off so watch those areas where the run-off is concentrated, it is not just the creeks as there are many culverts along the north shore in particular that carry run-off into the lake. Over about 48 hours we will see around a 60 degree drop in temperatures, with below zero temperatures back before long. Such is the weather in central New York. The always unreliable extended forecast shows seasonable temperatures to close out January.
Some great pictures of the fish being taken from Oneida Lake is on syracuse.com this morning. Walleye are beginning to be taken from deeper water on jigging raps. Some braggadocio coming in from the old-timers who continue to out fish the young bucks here on Oneida Lake.
There are some wet spots creeping in so those using machines should keep an eye out. The walleye and perch are biting, but expect to deal with plenty of shorts along the way.