Storm winds down through today; some freezing drizzle tonight

While the bulk of the steady, heavy snow has pushed east of the Finger Lakes, snow showers will linger throughout the day, with some steadier snow possible for the eastern Finger Lakes. Patchy freezing drizzle is possible tonight.
While the bulk of the steady, heavy snow has pushed east of the Finger Lakes, snow showers will linger throughout the day, with some steadier snow possible for the eastern Finger Lakes. Patchy freezing drizzle is possible tonight.

Radar imagery this morning is showing the bulk of the precipitation from this storm system now east of the Finger Lakes, with light snow showers stretching back into western New York.

While the bulk of the storm may be over, the central and eastern Finger Lakes especially may not be out of the woods yet. Short term model guidance is showing a reintensification of the snow this morning. I believe the models are showing this due to low pressure over Pennsylvania slowing down and stretching towards the northeast while some extra moisture subtly works in from the southeast.

I am a bit skeptical that this will happen quite to the degree the models show, but I do think a couple extra inches may be possible through this afternoon. Further west, accumulations should be minimal.

As dry air works in behind this system, conditions will become unfavorable for snowflake growth within the clouds. In the lower levels of the atmosphere, however, moisture will remain trapped. The result will be some freezing drizzle tonight and overnight, which could make things a bit slick.

Most of Tuesday and Wednesday should be fairly quiet before an arctic front becomes our next weather story for Thursday.

Please let me know how much snow you have gotten from this storm. With the complexity and low confidence the forecasts had, the more data there is to process, the more I may be able to learn! Thank you!

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.

2 Responses

  1. Keith Davis
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    Five inches of new snow in the last 24 hours on Snyder Hill Road, a mile east of the Cornell horse barns on Pine Tree.

  2. Katherine Lockwood
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    5″ of new snow on the deck since I shoveled on Sunday morning. (Ithaca, Renwick Hts area)