Ice threat diminishes across the Finger Lakes early Thanksgiving Morning

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With temperatures mostly above freezing, the chance for ice is low across the Finger Lakes.

With temperatures mostly above freezing, the chance for ice is low across the Finger Lakes.

Thanksgiving Morning Travel Conditions

Winter Weather Advisories remain in place across the Finger Lakes until 10 am (and 1pm in Cortland and Tioga counties). These advisories were issued for the potential of spotty freezing rain which could lead to slippery roads for those traveling early on Thanksgiving morning.

Thankfully, prior to 7am, temperatures were already mostly above freezing in the Finger Lakes, greatly reducing the risk of ice.

Freezing rain forms when warm air just above the surface melts precipitation into rain as it falls, yet at ground level, below freezing temperatures cause the rain to freeze on contact. Freezing rain is especially hazardous to travelers, and with many on the road this morning for Thanksgiving, any freezing rain could cause some poor travel conditions.

Even as precipitation overspreads the region this morning from the west, be on the lookout for patches of colder air that could lead to some very localized freezing rain. This is especially true for those heading east of the Finger Lakes, where temperatures are colder.

Showery Through the Weekend

Skies will remain grey and showers will continue to be possible through Thanks Giving, Black Friday and into the weekend.

Thanksgiving Day precipitation should mostly be a morning and early afternoon event. By later in the day, the rain will shift east into eastern New York and New England.

The atmosphere will be rich in moisture near the surface, but a bit on the dry side higher up as we head into Friday. As a result, the weather will be a bit foggy with some drizzle and an occasional shower.

Precipitation will become more organized and showery on Saturday.

Temperatures will be around 40 degrees on Thanksgiving, in the mid 40s on Friday, and into the low 40s on Saturday.

Cooler air and some very limited lake effect will be possible on Sunday, ending by the afternoon hours.

Have a happy and safe 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 soap, or playing with his two young boys.