Cold front brings bad frost, freeze to Finger Lakes tonight

A very cold night tonight could lead to temperatures cold enough to kill sensitive vegetation tonight after a breezy, chilly Friday.

Freeze warnings and frost advisories are in effect for all of the Finger Lakes region as an already chilly air mass gets reinforced by a cold front this morning.

The cold front is already pressing through the Finger Lakes region, though it will be hard to notice its passage. The front has very little moisture to work with, so other than an isolated shower and a few patches of clouds, the front will pass by unnoticed.

One thing that will be noticeable as the morning turns to afternoon will be an increasing northwest wind. Some gusts over 20 mph will be possible. Combined with highs only in the 50s, and it will be another raw day, despite a fair amount of sunshine.

Skies will become completely clear tonight and the wind will lessen significantly. A gentle breeze will still be possible, which may help keep temperatures a couple degrees warmer than it would have been otherwise.

Despite that slight breeze, freeze conditions are still likely over a good chunk of the area with lows expected to dip into the upper 20s and low 30s. Closer to Lake Ontario and in the heart of the Finger Lakes, temperatures should stay above freezing, but frost will still be likely.

Protecting your sensitive vegetation will be vital tonight, especially in the normally colder areas.

Temperatures Saturday afternoon will rise to near 60º, with 70s Sunday and Monday and 80s possible most of the remainder of next week.

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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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.