Pair of spring storm systems set to bring rain, snow to FLX

Rain showers will move into the Finger Lakes Wednesday afternoon as a storm system lifts into the Great Lakes. A second, more potent system on Thursday will spread rain and accumulating snow across the region.
Rain showers will move into the Finger Lakes Wednesday afternoon as a storm system lifts into the Great Lakes. A second, more potent system on Thursday will spread rain and accumulating snow across the region.

The Finger Lakes will experience a few days of active weather to close out the work-week, with both rain and accumulating snow in the forecast.

The first system is an area of low pressure was located south of Chicago this morning. This system should cut northward through the Upper Great Lakes today and tonight. As it does so, warm air ahead of the system will make an attempt to move north.

As it does so, rain will move into the Finger Lakes by the early afternoon hours. Heavy rain is not expected, nor will temperatures get super warm. Still, highs today should be into the 40s for most of the region. Rain will taper to showers and end overnight.

The break in the precipitation will be brief though. A second storm system will develop over the southern Plains today and track further east than the first. It looks as though this system will pass directly over the Finger Lakes during the day tomorrow.

This track will set up some interesting weather for Thursday. Areas further east will warm well into the 40s again, with precipitation mostly as rain into the first part of the afternoon. Further west, meanwhile, cold air will settle in, and much of the precipitation may fall as snow.

Flooding concerns will probably be limited to ice jams and localized areas of poor drainage resulting in minor ponding of water.

Cold air will overtake the entire region during the afternoon hours, so precipitation by the evening should be mostly snow for all. Accumulations of a couple of inches are possible across most of the area.

More snow is likely Thursday night into Friday as some lake effect kicks in once again. The weekend looks dry, though chilly, especially Saturday.

 

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.