Dreary weekend for the Finger Lakes

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Foggy conditions Friday will be followed by some spits of rain on Saturday and some snow showers Sunday.

Foggy conditions Friday will be followed by some spits of rain on Saturday and some snow showers Sunday.

Black Friday Fog

An abundance of near-surface moisture and temperatures just a bit warmer than the snow pack are combining for a foggy Black Friday across the Finger Lakes.

The fog began last night and will likely persist for much of Friday, if not into Saturday. Visibility will be reduced and will be changeable as some areas see denser fog than others.

In addition to the fog, a weak, ill-defined area of low pressure will slowly meander into the region, triggering a few rain showers.

Temperatures will rise little on Friday, with most areas topping out in the low to mid 40s.

Showers Saturday

The chances for rain showers will increase after midnight tonight and into Saturday. It will not be a steady rain for most of the time, but rather on and off showers.

The best chance for more widespread showers will be during the morning hours.

Rain amounts will be minimal due to the lightness of the rain and its scattered nature.

Temperatures will start Saturday in the mid 30s, but will only rise to near or just above 40 degrees during the afternoon. Fog should diminish later in the day.

Minimal Lake Effect Snow Early Sunday

As the weak weather system continues its push east, winds will eventually swing around to the northwest later Saturday. Colder air will work in aloft, with just enough cold air for a limited response from Lake Ontario in the form of some light lake effect snow.

The lake effect snow will develop Saturday evening across portions of the northern and eastern Finger Lakes. Wayne, Cayuga and Cortland county in particular should see some bouts of snow. Temperatures will be hovering in the mid 30s, however, so accumulations will be minimal.

Sunday morning, the lake effect will shift south into parts of Seneca and Tompkins county. The band will weaken as it does so, becoming a broken line of snow showers. Accumulations will again be minimal before the band falls apart by late morning.

Outside of the lake effect, a few stray snow showers will dot the region.

Snow showers will decrease Sunday afternoon, and the weekend may even get capped off by a brief glimpse of the sun before it sinks behind the horizon.

Milder, but still unsettled weather is in store for the region next week.

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.

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