Cold, but Sunny
The Finger Lakes are off to a very cold start Wednesday morning thanks to high pressure overhead.
The clear skies and calm winds have allowed temperatures to fall to their coldest readings so far this season with widespread low and mid 20s.
Only areas right along the shore of Lake Ontario and the larger Finger Lakes have remained in the upper 20s and low 30s.
The sunny skies will help temperatures to warm through the morning. Highs this afternoon should push into the mid 40s.
This is a bit below normal for this point in November. Temperatures should be reaching near 50 degrees.
Skies will be clear again tonight, but a slight southerly flow will keep temperatures a little bit warmer.
Instead of low and mid 20s, most areas will range from the upper 20s to low 30s. Some of the colder areas could fall back into the mid 20s though.
Taste of Wintry Cold
Clouds will gradually increase on Thursday after a sunny start. The south wind will continue, helping temperatures to near normal values around 50 degrees.
Thursday evening, a cold front will approach from the west. Rain and snow showers will enter into the Finger Lakes mostly after 8 pm. Most of the frontal precipitation will move through by around midnight.
A few bands of lake effect snow will develop after midnight, lasting only until the early morning hours Friday.
In all, the vast majority of the area will only see a coating of snow. A couple places that see a heavier lake effect squall early Friday could see a half-inch to an inch of accumulation.
Cold air will pour into the region on gusty northwest winds behind the front. Temperatures will fall into the low 20s by dawn Friday and will only rise a couple of degrees during the day.
Combined, the wind and cold will produce wind chills in the teens and single digits throughout Friday.
Quiet, Cool Weekend
The weather for the weekend will slowly improve as high pressure moves in.
Winds will gradually decline Friday night and will become quite light by Saturday.
Saturday will be sunny, but still much colder than normal, with afternoon highs in the mid 30s.
Sunday will be a bit warmer, with mid 40s for highs. Some clouds may gather late in the day, but no precipitation is expected.