Snowfall predictions have decreased, but freezing cold temperatures are still on the way for Central New York.

The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning for most of Central New York, but the National Weather Service forecasters are calling for less snow than originally forecast in their early Tuesday discussion:

"Storm totals have come down along our eastern border where amounts are expected to straddle the line between advisory and warning criteria. A general 2 to 4 inches of snow is forecast along the I-81 corridor, though amounts will be slightly higher toward SYR where the lake and northern energy will aid snow production. An Artic airmass will slam NY and PA early Wednesday. Morning lows will be near zero in spots, and highs will only reach the single digits over portions of the Finger Lakes and Central Southern Tier."

So what does that mean? It looks like we'll see significantly less snow today than originally forecasted - probably closer to 4" - 8" than the original 12" - unless you live in the North Country or Tug Hill.

What hasn't changed is the bitterly cold temperatures that are expected to move into the area tonight and stick around until Thursday. Overnight lows combined with the wind chill could get down to -30. 

Credit: National Weather Service/weather.gov

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches expected. Snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour are expected
Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE...Otsego, Delaware, Sullivan, and Southern Oneida counties.

* WHEN...From 1 AM Tuesday to 1 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Very cold to even dangerously cold wind chills are expected to begin late Tuesday night and continue through at least Thursday night.


...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 14 inches expected. Snowfall rates of up to 1 inch per hour are expected Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE...Northern Oneida county.

* WHEN...From 1 AM Tuesday to 1 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Very cold to even dangerously cold wind chills are expected to begin late Tuesday night and continue through at least Thursday night.