Thursday – Friday snow
The weather pattern will remain cold and become unstable for a few days before turning into a warmer pattern.
today, A weak air pulse will pass over the area. This should bring some light snow showers to the area, especially later this morning and early afternoon. Most areas should see less than an inch of accumulation, and some areas may not see more than a few lazy flakes in the sky.
Winds will be southwesterly at speeds of up to 10 mph morning. The wind speed will then decrease afternoon It gets almost quiet this evening. What winds there will shift to the west, then the north, then the northeast Overnight.
Afternoon highs will reach the mid 20s today, about five degrees cooler than average. Temperatures tonight will drop just a few degrees, and most areas will start Friday somewhere near 20 degrees.
A new area of snow will move through Dawn hours As low pressure tracks across the Appalachian Mountains and comes out into view across the mid-Atlantic. The Finger Lakes will be on the northern edge of the precipitation associated with this depression.
Steady snow will fall, perhaps enhanced by lake effect processes off Lake Ontario Throughout most of the day. The highest snowfall rates are likely to come during Morning hours With a gradual decrease over afternoon.
Being on the edge of the system, the potential effects of lake effect, and the thinning of the snow, all contribute to making this a challenging snowfall forecast. Most areas will likely only see 2-4 inches, but some areas may see a little more on a local basis.
Traveling will be a bit messy Friday, Especially in the morning. Winds will remain light in the morning but will intensify from the north at speeds of up to 10 mph during the afternoon. This could lead to snowfall, which could leave some roads sloppy. The westbound lanes of the eastbound and westbound routes will be more susceptible to snow drifts.
Temperatures won’t move much on Friday with highs in the low to mid 20s. Cold air will work Friday night With overnight lows reaching the upper zero and low ten. Localized cold pockets are likely.
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The cold intensifies and then quickly retreats
Cold and stormy northwesterly winds blow throughout the day Saturday. These winds will have 3 main impacts.
Firstly, They will promote cold air. Many places will struggle to reach 15 degrees Saturday afternoon. With wind speeds approaching 15 miles per hour and reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour, Wind chills below zero Probably most of the day.
second, Cold winds will produce storm drizzle south and southeast of Lake Ontario.
The heaviest lake effect snow will be found Wayne and Northern Cayuga CountiesWhere 4-8 inches would be possible. parts of Onondaga, Southern Cayuga and North Cortland Counties We will also see noticeable accumulations, in the range of 2-5 inches.
the third The effect of the wind will be light, fluffy lake effect snow all around. Significant drift is likely in areas that see several inches of snow, and even those that don’t see much new snow will still experience snow starting Friday.
With northwesterly winds, westbound and southbound lanes in particular will have to contend with snow drifts. Visibility will be reduced at times for all drivers. Cold temperatures will also reduce the effectiveness of rock salt, so road treatment will be difficult.
Allow extra time to reach your destination if you are on the roads on Saturday.
Lake snow will weaken Saturday night And dissipate Sunday morning. Some flurries may continue until midday Sunday. the Today must end With increasing sunshine and winds swinging quickly towards the southwest.
Temperatures on Sunday will start near 10 degrees but mostly higher with highs in the mid 20s.
Southwest winds will begin to warm temperatures Sunday night after an initial drop in temperature.
Monday morning It will still be cold, with lows near average in the mid 10s. The afternoon won’t be far from average either, with temperatures in the low and mid 30s to the upper 30s.
Monday It will be mostly cloudy, but glimpses of sunshine may be seen every now and then.
The weather is expected to be warmer and brisk for most of next week. Some snow may fall Tuesday As a batch of warm air moves into the area. This should eventually end with some rain, with rain continuing to fall Wednesday.
Another system would be possible Friday and Saturday next week. While temperatures will remain slightly above average, it is too early to say whether this will be all rain or a mix of rain types.
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This figure represents the average for the entire Finger Lakes region. Local variations should be expected.