More rain and wind for FLX, followed by some snow

A rainy, windy afternoon will turn to some snow overnight, with lake effect continuing into Saturday morning.
A rainy, windy afternoon will turn to some snow overnight, with lake effect continuing into Saturday morning.

The storm system that brought rain and wind to the Finger Lakes on Thursday will do it all over again on Friday.

Friday morning, the Finger Lakes was in a bit of a lull, with one cold front to the east over New England and a second still poised to the north across Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes.

Still, some lake effect rain showers from Lake Erie are scattered about the region and will continue as westerly winds continue to strengthen this morning. By the afternoon, wind gusts of 40 mph will be possible once again.

Rain should increase this afternoon as well. This will be in response to the second, Canadian cold front diving south. This morning’s weather map does a poor job showing the precipitation from this front, as most of it is still too far north to be picked up by American radar. However, taking a look at the Canadian radar shows that there is indeed quite a bit of shower activity moving towards the Finger Lakes.

As this precipitation works in later this afternoon, the temperature will begin to fall. Highs will be in the upper 40s around midday, but by the early evening, 30s should start to show up. Not surprisingly, the rain will start to mix with and turn to snow, especially over higher elevations.

Widespread precipitation will taper overnight and transition to narrow bands of lake effect southeast of Lake Ontario. In particular, a band of stronger lake effect should impact parts of the northern and eastern Finger Lakes. This band will have a connection to lake effect from both Lake Ontario, and the Georgian Bay east of Lake Huron. This band will likely persist at least into the late morning hours on Saturday.

I would not at all be surprised if someone- probably in the higher elevations south of Auburn and Syracuse, ended up with one or two inches by late Saturday morning.

Temperatures will bottom out in the low 30s Saturday morning and will struggle to reach 40 degrees later in the afternoon. A little sun may come out to end the day, well after the lake effect dissipates.

Not ready for winter? Fear not- at least a few more nice days are in store. Temperatures will rebound into the 50s on Sunday and we should flirt with 60 degrees most of next week. The news is not all good though. Another major storm system will be possible late in the week. By next weekend, significant lake effect snow could be a concern for Southwest New York and the Tug Hill, with a non-specific threat for more widespread wintry weather before Thanksgiving.

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.