Bitter cold Friday- Snowy Saturday

Temperatures for most of the region are at or below 0º early Friday morning and will only rise a few degrees during the day today. Wind chill warnings remain in place. Saturday will be warmer, but snowy.
Temperatures for most of the region are at or below 0º early Friday morning and will only rise a few degrees during the day today. Wind chill warnings remain in place. Saturday will be warmer, but snowy.

It is a bitterly cold morning across the Finger Lakes, with many areas at or below 0º. Wind chills this morning, as expected, are as cold as -25º across the region.

Temperatures will only rise a few degrees today into the low single digits before briefly dipping below 0º again this evening.

A little light lake effect snow is possible across Wayne, Cayuga and northern Tompkins and Cortland counties, especially this morning. Otherwise, it will be a quiet day- just cold.

The cold weather will ease up a bit overnight as temperatures rise ahead of an arctic front. Snow will overspread the Finger Lakes ahead of this front during the day on Saturday with temperatures rising into the mid and even upper 20s.

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During the afternoon and evening hours, the front will slam through the region. Conditions look favorable for an impressive squall to accompany the front with very heavy, albeit brief snow, gusty winds and possibly even some thunder and lightning. As this squall marches east, it will put down an inch or two of snow in well under an hour. Combined with its near white-out visibilities, travel will become briefly dangerous. I will be tracking this possibility through the day tomorrow.

As soon as the squall moves through, temperatures will drop into the teens in mere minutes before slowly backing into the single digits overnight. Sunday morning, temperatures will still likely be just above zero, but will then drop below zero during the day.

Combined with gusty winds, and we will once again be back into dangerously cold territory, which will last into Monday.

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.