Saturday morning Finger Lakes rain update

finger lakes weather forecast radar saturday november 18 2017 rain
After a small shot of rain early Saturday morning, a wedge of dry air will move in until rain returns for the late afternoon. [Map created with NWS EDD]

Steady Rain Delayed

An initial band of light rain is moving through the Finger Lakes early Saturday morning.

Behind this, there is an area of dry conditions over southern Ontario and Michigan that will move into the Finger Lakes for the remainder of the morning and the first half of the afternoon.

During this time, skies will remain mostly cloudy, but one or two brief breaks of sun may be possible. An additional stray shower is also not out of the question.

The primary warm front will remain well south of the area, draped across Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania until later in the afternoon when it moves north.

As it lifts north, rain will move back into the Finger Lakes, mostly after 3 pm. A steady moderate rainfall is expected for the late afternoon and evening hours until the rain becomes more scattered around and after midnight.

Wind and Snow Threats

Winds will increase substantially this evening as the warm front approaches and moves through. After gusts in the 30-35 mph range during the day, gusts over 40 mph will become more common overnight.

Strong winds will persist throughout Sunday, turning to the northwest after the cold front comes through during the pre-dawn hours Sunday.

Some areas, especially higher elevations, could see gusts over 50 mph on Sunday. This could lead to scattered power outages.

The strong northwest winds will bring cold air into the region. After temperatures rise to the upper 40s or even low 50s behind the warm front tonight, but Sunday morning, rain will be turning to snow as temperatures tumble into the 30s.

It is looking increasingly likely that precipitation will turn over to snow for an hour or two Sunday morning all across the Finger Lakes. The snow will come down steadily and could make for some locally slick travel Sunday morning.

Snow accumulations should be limited to a coating for most areas with one or two inches at most.

Lake effect flurries will continue through Sunday afternoon, but should not pose much of a threat. Lake snows will organize Sunday night but should remain outside of the Finger Lakes region with just some scattered snow showers locally.

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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.