Seasonable weather for the Finger Lakes this week

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The weather this week will be very characteristic of mid-winter in the Finger Lakes. Photo by Shannon Cilento.

Snow will be possible most days this week in the Finger Lakes, but much of it will be quite light.

Flurries Monday Morning

Areas of lake effect snow showers are ongoing across parts of the Finger Lakes Monday morning. Most of the snow is concentrating across the northeastern half of the region, roughly along and north of a Rochester to Ithaca line.

This lake effect activity will likely persist through much of the morning before gradually falling apart during the course of the afternoon.

Much like the snow this weekend, the accumulation on roadways will be limited to seldom used roads and driveways while a coating to an inch or two accumulates on other surfaces.

What does fall this morning will likely melt this afternoon as skies turn quite sunny. High temperatures will mostly be in the mid 20s today.

Clouds will increase overnight, but not before clear skies allow temperatures to drop quickly this evening. Typically colder areas will fall into the single digits, with teens elsewhere.

Widespread Light Snow Tuesday

A storm system will track from the Midwest across the Great Lakes and into Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Most of the precipitation from this system will be to the south of the Finger Lakes, but some light snow should clip the region Tuesday and Tuesday night.

This snow will likely start during the morning hours on Tuesday and will persist throughout much of the day. Accumulations will likely be limited to an inch or so during the day.

Some periods of slightly heavier snow will be possible Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. An additional couple of inches will be possible, bringing totals for this event into the 1-3 inch range.

Temperatures Tuesday will rise into the low 30s and will remain more or less steady through Tuesday night and Wednesday.

More Lake Snows

Lake effect snow will again develop behind Tuesday’s weather system. Areas of lake effect will be possible as early as Wednesday morning and will continue until winds take the snow elsewhere on Thursday.

The most favorable location for snow, at this point, is in many of the same areas that it is snowing this morning. There is a chance of a heavier band developing as the Georgian Bay contributes some extra moisture on Wednesday.

Should that connection develop, some areas could see squalls that would reduce visibility with several inches of snow accumulating. Otherwise, accumulations should again be limited to under two inches.

By Thursday, the lake effect will concentrate east of the Great Lakes, with heavy snow across the Tug Hill and some squalls off Lake Erie south of Buffalo. The Finger Lakes, meanwhile, will see little to nothing.

Temperatures, meanwhile, will gradually get colder, with mid 20s Thursday and low 20s Friday.

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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.

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