A coating of ice from patchy freezing rain will make for some slick areas early Tuesday.
Quiet Monday Ahead of Storm System
The week will start off quiet and a bit mild across the Finger Lakes.
High pressure has cleared the clouds out of the region overnight, resulting in some sunny skies this morning. With the clear skies, temperatures are starting the day in the teens and low 20s, which is fairly close to normal for mid-January.
Temperatures should rise fairly quickly into the 30s this morning and into the 40s this afternoon. High temperatures should reach the low and mid 40s all across the Finger Lakes.
The sunshine will not last, however. Clouds out ahead of a large storm system will start to press into the region by the midday hours.
At first, these clouds will be high in the atmosphere and thin enough to allow filtered sunshine to persist. Throughout the afternoon, though, they will become thicker and lower in the atmosphere, turning the sky more gray than not. A little drizzle cannot be ruled out this evening, but most areas should remain dry.
Freezing Rain Advisories Monday Night
Temperatures will drop this evening as the sun sets and some cold air attempts to penetrate the area on a northeast wind. At the same time, warmer air will start to push in from the south as a storm system moves into the Great Lakes.
The result should be some spotty light precipitation and drizzle overnight in the Finger Lakes, mostly after midnight.
Temperatures will be hovering near the freezing mark as this precipitation occurs. As a result, at least patchy freezing rain or freezing drizzle is possible, leading to a few slick spots across the Finger Lakes.
This will likely not be as significant an icing event as last week, but even a thin layer of ice can be treacherous. The best chance for accumulating ice will be across the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier and into Central New York.
Some portions of the northern Finger Lakes may remain at or above freezing, keeping any precipitation that falls liquid.
By sunrise Tuesday, most of the region should be above freezing. Some residual ice will continue to create slippery areas, so continue to use caution even into the daytime hours Tuesday.
Rainy Tuesday, Showers Wednesday
After the light freezing rain early Tuesday, a batch of heavier precipitation should move into the Finger Lakes for the midday and afternoon hours Tuesday.With temperatures in the mid and upper 30s, this will all fall as rain.
With temperatures in the mid and upper 30s, this will all fall as rain.
The steadiest of the rain should be moving out of the area by the time the sun starts to set, with scattered showers lingering into the evening hours.
Winds will turn a bit gusty Tuesday afternoon and evening, with some occasional gusts over 30 mph.
Low-level moisture will remain in place well into Wednesday, resulting in cloudy skies and periods of drizzle and showers through the day.
Temperatures will mostly hold steady, with mid and upper 30s persisting through Tuesday night and the day on Wednesday.