Clouds increase ahead of light snow Saturday

finger lakes weather forecast sun clouds snow saturday march 18 2017
Sunny skies will give way to some clouds later Friday ahead of a light snow on Saturday. [Photo by Janet Steiner]
Light snow will move into the Finger Lakes on Saturday, but not until another sunny day on Friday.

Sun to Snow

Skies are clear across the Finger Lakes this morning as high pressure crosses the region. The next weather system is tracking from the Midwest into the Great Lakes.

This system will start to spread some high, thin clouds into the Finger Lakes during the midday hours with a bit thicker of a cloud cover later in the afternoon.

Friday will remain precipitation free, however.

Temperatures today will rise into the upper 30s this afternoon.

Clouds will continue to thicken overnight and light precipitation should begin to break out from southwest to northeast during the mid and late morning hours on Saturday.

Temperatures at the surface and aloft will be just cold enough to keep most of the precipitation as snow. A little rain mixing in is not out of the question, especially for areas further south and west.

Snow will generally be light but will persist through the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected, with the highest amounts over the higher elevations of the eastern Finger Lakes and Central New York.

Back to Sun Sunday

Another area of high pressure will build in behind Saturday’s storm system. This will mean a return to sunshine for Sunday and milder temperatures early next week.

High temperatures on Sunday should rise to near 40 degrees. Monday and Tuesday should rise a bit warmer, with highs in the low to mid 40s.

No precipitation is expected on Sunday with just a small chance for a couple showers on Monday.

Cooler weather will work back in for the middle and end of next week.

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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 soap, or playing with his two young boys.

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