Widespread wet snow across Finger Lakes through early Saturday

finger lakes weather forecast snow accumulation map saturday december 18 2016
Several inches of snow will fall across the Finger Lakes Friday night into Saturday morning.

Several inches of snow will fall across the Finger Lakes Friday night into Saturday morning.

Saturday Morning Snow

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Much of the northern United States is seeing significant winter weather as a strong storm system tracks across the country. Click to enlarge. [Map made with NWS EDD]
A large storm system is spreading wintry weather from the northern Rockies, across the Plains and Midwest, and into the Great Lakes. This system will bring more snow to the Finger Lakes, starting late tonight and continuing into Saturday morning.

After a mostly quiet day today, precipitation from this system will break out tonight around midnight. Areas further southwest will see the precipitation first, a little before midnight, before it spreads north and east.

The heaviest precipitation will likely fall between 6-10 am before it ends abruptly. Most areas should be primarily precipitation free by 10 or 11am.

The snow will start out as a light weight snow, but will become wet and heavy as temperatures rise Saturday morning. The precipitation may even end as a little wintry mix or rain.

Temperatures will push into the upper 30s and low 40s Saturday afternoon with a few rain showers.

Another Arctic Front

Precipitation will break out across the Finger Lakes once again Saturday night, this time as another arctic front blasts through the region.

Warm air will continue to surge north ahead of this front. Temperatures Saturday evening could push well into the 40s, and a few places may even flirt with 50 degrees.

A band of heavy rain will accompany the front after midnight Saturday night. A quick half inch to inch of rain is possible before dawn Sunday.

Along with the rain will be another blast of strong winds. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph may accompany the rain band, and even a rumble of thunder may be possible.

The front should be east of the region by Sunday morning. Strong winds from the northwest will remain behind the front, transporting cold air back into the region. Temperatures will fall back into the 20s during the course of the day Sunday. Wind gusts over 30 mph, it will feel like the low teens by the evening hours.

Lake Effect Snow Potential

Not surprisingly, as the cold air works back into the Finger Lakes, the Great Lakes will once again respond with lake effect snow.

Lake effect Sunday afternoon will develop east-southeast of the Great Lakes. This should keep most of the Finger Lakes region snow free, though parts of northern Cayuga and Onondaga county may start to see snow later in the afternoon.

Sunday night, the snow bands should pivot further south. This could bring accumulating snow into the northern and eastern Finger Lakes off of Lake Ontario.

This potential will continue to be watch, and the forecast will become more clear through the weekend.

Temperatures Monday will be in the 20s, but most of the remainder of next week will be near normal. Temperatures may even rise slightly above normal towards Christmas.



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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.

2 Responses

  1. William McKown

    Hello and good morning, just got done snow blowing and I think we got a solid 4 inches here in Newark/Lyons area.

  2. […] Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of FLX Weather says that those in the western Finger Lakes will see 2 to 4 inches of snowfall before the changeover. While those in the southern, or eastern Finger Lakes will see 3 to 6 inches of snowfall when all is said and done. […]