Beyond cold Tuesday morning

7am Temperatures around the Finger Lakes are extremely low. Localized areas are most likely even colder than what is shown on the map.
7am Temperatures around the Finger Lakes are extremely low. Localized areas are most likely even colder than what is shown on the map.

Temperatures are starting off extremely low this morning, with negative single digits and teens for most areas, and localized cold pockets as low as the -20s.

Temperatures are already on the rise this morning as the sun rises, despite some cloud cover coming through. Warm air is also starting to work in aloft as winds turn towards the southwest.

This wind shift is ahead of a weak system that will bring a light coating of snow overnight and into early Wednesday. Most places will see less than an inch of new snow.

Temperatures will rise into the mid teens this afternoon and drop very little overnight. Temperatures will then make a brief run at 20º Wednesday morning before the weak system passes through and temperatures fall during the afternoon.

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The remainder of this week will then remain cold, with more days in the teens and nights below zero. The forecast guidance from the weather models is indicating some temperatures closer to normal to start March, which seems to confirm a trend they were showing over the past few weeks of a mini-thaw during the first week or so of March before more below normal temperatures.

How cold was it where you were this morning? Leave me a comment!

Here in Groton, i recorded a temperature of -13º. My thermometer is not placed well for recording cold temperatures, as it is raised in elevation. This -13º is colder than I recorded last year though…and is probably the coldest I’ve recorded since I began record keeping in 2003.

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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 soap, or playing with his two young boys.