A strong storm system will bring rain and wind to the Finger Lakes starting Tuesday after a few flurries on Monday.
Snow Showers Monday
A strong jet stream aloft and a surge of warmer air pushing into the Great Lakes has spawned a few areas of light snow showers Monday morning. These snow showers stretch from around Buffalo northwest across the Upper Great Lakes.
These flurries will drop southeast through the day and should bring some occasional light snow showers to the Finger Lakes. Little to no accumulation is expected from the snow, however.
Temperatures, which are starting the day in the 20s, will push into the middle 30s. A few areas could reach the upper 30s, while far eastern reaches of the Finger Lakes may hover closer to the freezing mark.
Some breaks of sun may be possible towards the end of the day as the snow showers lift north and east.
Stronger Storm System Tuesday & Wednesday
The weather will be much more active for the middle of the week.
A storm system will begin to take shape today over the central Plains before moving into the Mid-West tonight and the Great Lakes on Tuesday.
Warm air will continue to be pumped northward out ahead of the system. After temperatures drop back into the 20s this evening, they should rise back into the 30s by dawn Tuesday.
As the warmer air starts to move in, precipitation will break out across the Finger Lakes Tuesday morning. Temperatures should be warm enough for all rain even at the onset of the precipitation.
Periods of rain will continue through the afternoon and evening hours. A few heavier downpours may be possible.
Temperatures will rise into the 40s during the daytime hours and to near 50 degrees Tuesday night. A cold front will pass through early Wednesday as the system lifts north into eastern Canada, and temperatures will drop back through the 30s on Wednesday.
The storm track is favorable for strong winds across the Finger Lakes. The wind will become gusty Tuesday before peaking Tuesday night with gusts of 35 to 45 mph. Winds will slowly lessen on Wednesday.
Snow and Cold to End Week
A secondary storm system will develop along the cold front of the first on Thursday. At this time, it appears that this system will stay to our southeast with a swath of light to moderate snow.
However, this system will reinforce the cold air over the region and turn winds to the northwest.
The result should be some lake effect snow off of Lake Ontario for the northern and eastern Finger Lakes Thursday into Friday.
The best chance for moderate accumulations will be from eastern Wayne county south and east across Cayuga and Onondaga county.
The southern and western parts of the region, however, will see little to no additional snow.
Temperatures will be quite cold, with highs in the low 20s on Thursday and possibly not even reaching 20 on Friday.