A series of storm systems will impact the Finger Lakes over the coming days, resulting in a brief warm up followed by more wintry weather.
Friday during the day time should remain dry for the Finger Lakes. Clouds will increase and temperatures will rise to near 40 degrees. Any rain should hold off until midnight or later. The rain that does move in will be scattered and light.
East of the Finger Lakes, towards the western Catskills and I-88 Corridor, some patchy freezing rain may be possible into early Saturday. Use caution if your travels take you east tonight or early Saturday.
Rain showers will continue Saturday, mostly early on. By the afternoon, most of the rain will be north and east of the region.
A second, much stronger storm will approach Saturday night into Sunday. Temperatures will rise slightly Saturday night and reach highs near 50 degrees Sunday morning. Rain will become widespread sometime near dawn on Sunday and continue through Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon will see the rain taper to showers, then flurries as colder air streams in.
There could also be some problems from high winds as well, especially over the higher elevations of the eastern Finger Lakes. Some gusts in these areas have a shot at reaching 50 mph, though it is still a bit uncertain. After subsiding briefly in the early afternoon, more strong winds, with gusts near 40 mph, will work in from west to east for Sunday evening.
Lake effect snow will develop by Sunday night as cold air builds back into the region. It looks like most of next week will have lake effect snow in the region, but the winds at this time do not look favorable for heavy snow in the most of the Finger Lakes.
A few weak storm system may also cross the region, bringing a couple chances for widespread, light snow.