Snow persists Thursday, but nicer weather arrives for the weekend

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Lake effect snow will only slowly taper off Thursday afternoon, but much nicer weather will move in for the weekend. Photo by Cindy Bodner- Venice Center, NY

Thursday will remain rather snowy, but quiet and mild conditions are expected to settle in for the weekend.

Lake Effect Continues Thursday

A spray of lake effect snow off of Lake Ontario is spread across much of the Finger Lakes this morning. Most of the snow is light to moderate, but there are a few heavier bands embedded within the broader area of snow.

Conditions will remain fairly consistent throughout the day, so there will only be a gradually lessening of the lake effect snow.

By the mid to late afternoon hours, the snow area should shrink drastically, with just a few lingering snow showers over the eastern Finger Lakes. I would not be surprised to see some of these snow showers persist well into the overnight hours, but with light accumulations.

Many areas will see another couple inches of fluffy snow throughout the course of the day. The higher elevations of the eastern Finger Lakes and areas near Lake Ontario will have the best chance to see over 3 inches of additional snow.

Winds will be gusty again today, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow. That will reduce visibilities and keep travel in the rural areas tricky. With temperatures hovering in the low 20s throughout the day, the wind chill will make it feel closer to 10 degrees.

Conditions Improve Drastically

Winds will begin to turn towards the west and then south on Friday as high pressure passes by to the south.

Any lingering lake effect flurries will be cut off as the wind shifts, leaving dry conditions for the vast majority of the day Friday.

Temperatures will start the day in the upper teens for areas that keep lake effect clouds and flurries Thursday night, but areas further southwest may clear out, sending temperatures tumbling into the teens and even single digits.

The south wind and some breaks of sun on Friday will help temperatures rebound, with most areas seeing low and mid 30s for highs. Temperatures will drop quickly in the evening, should begin to rise again Friday night.

Temperatures will soar on Saturday, with a quick rise through the 30s in the morning and daytime highs ranging from the upper 40s to mid 50s. Saturday will be sunny with no precipitation expected.

Sunday is not looking quite as warm as winds turn towards the northwest ahead of high pressure in central Canada. Look for afternoon highs on Sunday in the mid 40s. Conditions will remain sunny and dry, though.

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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.