Winds shift ahead of weak system, end lake effect (briefly)

Winds will turn more southerly today, ending the lake effect snow until southwesterly winds kick it up again on Thursday. Click image to enlarge.
Winds will turn more southerly today, ending the lake effect snow until southwesterly winds kick it up again on Thursday. Click image to enlarge.

The incredible lake effect snow storm that has dumped feet of snow on the southern suburbs of Buffalo will end todayas winds shift from the southwest to the south. Already this morning, the lake effect bands off of both Erie and Ontario as drifting north in response to this wind shift.

The Thruway between Rochester (exit 46) and Ripley (exit 61) remains closed this morning.

The weather has been quiet outside of the intense lake effect snow. After a cold, windy day yesterday, today should not be quite as cold nor as windy. Still, winds will be a bit gusty at times and  temperatures will remain stuck in the 20s.

Clouds will thicken later today and some light snow will move in from west to east this evening. Flurries will be around much of the night and into early Thursday, but accumulations should be little to none.

More lake effect snow is possible Thursday in the same areas that have been pounded, but this snow will not be as intense nor will it last as long. Some other parts of the Finger Lakes may get some flurries and squalls off of the lakes as well.

Late this weekend, our temperatures should get a boost back towards average, or even briefly above average, as a strong storm develops and moves north over the middle of the nation.

Finger Lakes Forecast for Nov. 19/20, 2014.
Finger Lakes Forecast for Nov. 19/20, 2014.
Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.).

When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.