Breezy, but turning sunny for the Finger Lakes Wednesday

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The sun will shine this afternoon on the freshly fallen snow across the Finger Lakes.

The weather Wednesday in the Finger Lakes will gradually turn sunny and breezy with temperatures ranging through the 30s.

February Starts Slightly Warmer Than Normal

A few lingering snow showers remain scattered across the Finger Lakes this morning as yesterday’s storm systems pull away from the region.

These snow showers will not accumulate much but may keep secondary roads a bit sloppy into the mid and late morning hours.

Outside of the snow showers, there are already some breaks in the clouds showing up. Skies are mostly clear across Michigan, and these clear skies should push into the Finger Lakes later today.

Look for increasing amounts of sunshine and decreasing snow showers this morning, followed by a good deal of sunshine this afternoon.

Temperatures across the region are mostly starting the day in the low 30s. The sunshine will help many areas rise into the upper 30s this afternoon. This is a bit above normal to start the new month.

The wind will pick up through the day as well, with top wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph. That will cause a bit of a wind chill that will counteract the warmer than normal temperatures.

Front Brings Colder Air to End Week

The temperature will not remain elevated for long. A Canadian cold front is working into the Midwest today and will press through the Finger Lakes during the predawn hours on Thursday.

There may be a bit of a snow burst along this front, with a quick inch of accumulation in the span of 30-60 minutes.

At this time, the chances for a squall are uncertain, but should one develop, it seems most likely closer to Lake Ontario before 6 am.

Temperatures will likely start Thursday in the 20s and will struggle into the upper 20s by the afternoon. A few of the normally warmer locations may reach 30 degrees.

A few lake effect snow showers will be possible, but the heaviest activity will be well outside of the Finger Lakes.

Winds will again be blustery, with top wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph from the west.

Friday will be even chillier, with highs topping out in the low and mid 20s. Again, a few snow showers are likely, but with little to no accumulation.

Weekend Preview

Temperatures will slowly rebound this weekend as winds turn towards the south ahead of a weak system passing across southern Canada.

Some lake effect snow showers will be possible early Saturday across the northern and eastern portions of the Finger Lakes. Some areas could see a couple of fresh inches of snow.

As the winds turn south, the lake effect will shoot back up towards the north and will dissipate.

High temperatures on Saturday will be in the mid 20s. Low 30s are likely on Sunday.

The Canadian system will spread some light snow across the region for Super Bowl Sunday with snow accumulations of an inch or so.


Follow Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:
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.

3 Responses

  1. Namaste Montessori School

    Hi Drew,
    I was thinking about taking the kids in my 4-H club up to the Cornell Observatory Friday night.
    What are our chances for a clear night for star gazing?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      It is possible but uncertain at this point. Will have to see what the lake effect does. I like the chances of at least partial clearning though.

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