Wind, some lake snows behind Thursday’s system

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Occasional lake effect snow showers will pass through the Finger Lakes on Friday along with strong, gusty winds.

Occasional lake effect snow showers will pass through the Finger Lakes on Friday along with strong, gusty winds.

Widespread Snow Thursday

A storm system is passing through the Finger Lakes this Thursday morning with widespread snow.

The snow will continue off and on throughout the morning hours before abruptly ending this afternoon as dry air works into the storm system and the storm begins to redevelop off the coast of New Jersey.

A little rain may mix in with the snow as it ends early this afternoon.

Some of the snow may come down rather hard at times, but accumulations should be limited to a couple of inches at most.

This storm system is still expected to explode into a strong nor’easter, but with only indirect impacts for the Finger Lakes.

The weather will be fairly tranquil this afternoon before lake effect snows start to kick up this evening. Most of that snow should stay outside of the Finger Lakes, being confined either to far western New York or the Tug Hill region.

Strong Winds, Lake Snows Friday

As the nor’easter ramps up this evening, winds will start to increase across the Finger Lakes. That, not snow, will be the biggest story Friday for the Finger Lakes region.

Wind gusts throughout the day will exceed 40 mph, with a few of the higher elevations seeing top gusts approaching 50 mph.

Temperatures will be within a few degrees on either side of 30 degrees, but with the wind, it will feel more like the teens.

Some scattered snow showers, and a few brief squalls, may put down an inch or two of fresh snow. The strong winds will blow that snow around, causing some poor travel conditions due to drifting and low visibility.

Travel towards along Route 104 east of Rochester, and in the Syracuse area on Friday will become especially hazardous as a more intense lake effect band sets up over the area. Many areas from northern and eastern Wayne county into far northern Cayuga County and Onondaga County will see 3-6 inches of snow on Friday, with localized amounts up to a foot.

Again, strong winds will accompany the heavy snow, creating near white out conditions and very poor travel.

The wind and lake snows will gradually lessen Friday night.

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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.

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