Cold air returns to the Finger Lakes

A cold front will spread rain and snow showers across the region on Friday, followed by a cold, but sunny Saturday.
A cold front will spread rain and snow showers across the region on Friday, followed by a cold, but sunny Saturday.

A cold front will spread rain and snow showers across the region on Friday, followed by a cold, but sunny Saturday.

A few rain and snow showers are scattered about the region Friday morning ahead of the cold front. As the front sags south, these rain and snow showers should become more widespread. Some of the higher elevations of the eastern Finger Lakes may even see a coating of snow.

Temperatures will rise little today, with highs topping out around 40 degrees. Parts of the Southern Tier, where the cold air will arrive later, may manage the low 40s, while northern areas may fall short of the 40 degree mark.

Precipitation will come to an end this evening as the front pushes by. Skies will clear overnight and remain clear for a sunny Saturday. Morning lows will start the day in the low and mid 20s, with afternoon highs only in the low 30s.

Clouds will thicken Saturday evening and remain thick for Sunday. Temperatures will be a touch warmer though, with highs in the upper 30s.

Some uncertainty still remains with the nor’easter Sunday night, but it continues to look like this system will mostly or entirely miss the Finger Lakes. The best chance for a little light snow Sunday night will be near and east of I-81, but even that isn’t a certainty.

Next week looks unsettled as a front sets up shop in the area and hangs around for a few days. After some lake effect snow showers on Monday, periods of rain or mixed precipitation will be possible throughout the week.

The temperature forecast is a mess, given the tight gradient between cold air north of the front, and more typical late March temperatures to the south.

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 soap, or playing with his two young boys.