Whether by car, plane, or reindeer and sleigh, travel should be simple across the Finger Lakes for Christmas.
Above Normal Temperatures
Temperatures have slowly been on the increase this week, and this trend will continue into the Holiday weekend.
Through the weekend, daily high temperatures will run about 5-8 degrees above normal. This translates to highs in the upper 30s to just pushing above 40 degrees.
Look for highs to sneak into the upper 30s on Thursday, with temperatures around 40 degrees Friday and Saturday. Christmas day, on Sunday, will back down a degree or two, with most areas falling just short of 40 degrees.
These temperatures will keep road conditions in good shape, even as some light precipitation moves through before Christmas.
While mild, these temperatures are a far cry from the record warmth of last Christmas season. Remember Christmas Eve, when temperatures soared into the 60s?
Light Precipitation Thursday and Saturday
The weather will not be completely tranquil between now and Christmas. A little light snow fell Wednesday night across the region. The weak system responsible for that is already east of the area.
There may be a very limited response from Lake Ontario behind that system as northwest winds set up this afternoon and evening. Some rain and snow showers will be possible in the favored areas south and southeast of Lake Ontario between Rochester, Auburn, Syracuse and Cortland. Little to no additional snow accumulation is expected, however.
Friday will be sunny and quiet, but a new system will swing through early Saturday morning.
While precipitation may start as a rain snow mix a bit after midnight Friday night, by sunrise Saturday, most of the precipitation should be falling as rain.
Rain will taper off by the middle of the day, with light amounts less than a quarter of an inch.
Christmas Day looks dry with some period of sun before clouds increase late in the day.