Lake effect snow will only bring minimal accumulation to the Finger Lakes, but gusty winds will blow through the weekend.
Lake Effect Flurries
A long duration lake effect snow event will organize today and persist through the weekend for areas immediately downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. However, for much of the Finger Lakes, snow accumulations will be very minor.
Snow showers will be possible during most times through Friday, Saturday and into Sunday. These snow showers will be of the on and off variety, where it snows at a moderate rate for a few minutes, then the sun is back out.
This type of snow is unlikely to produce much in the way of accumulation.
Significant accumulations of snow are expected in the snowbelts outside of the Finger Lakes region. If your travels take you north of Syracuse on I-81 or south of Buffalo on I-90, the weather will be vastly different than in our region.
The best chance for an inch or two accumulation over the course of the weekend will be south and west of I-390 in the far western reaches of the Finger Lakes Weather coverage area, and perhaps in the higher elevations between Ithaca and Syracuse.
More noticeable than the snow will be the wind this weekend. While the strongest winds will blow on Friday, it will remain gusty on Saturday and Sunday as well.
Winds during the course of the day today will gust between 35 and 45 mph. The higher elevations and areas further west have the best chance at gusting to 45 mph, while lower elevations may top out closer to 35 mph.
While temperatures will push into the mid 30s this afternoon, the wind chill will make it feel more like the 20s.
The wind will lessen overnight, but pick up again Saturday. Peak wind gusts Saturday should be closer to 30 mph, again mostly over higher elevations and for areas further west.
The wind will be a bit more widespread and uniform on Sunday, with most areas seeing wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph.
Temperatures will slowly retreat this weekend, with highs in the low 30s Saturday and near 30 on Sunday. Wind chills will remain mostly in the 20s.
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