Quiet weather for Thanksgiving in the Finger Lakes

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday november 22 2017 thanksgiving day weather travel conditions
Rain and snow early Wednesday will taper to just a couple stray flurries through the Thanksgiving holiday. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Cloudy and Cool

A cold front pushed through the Finger Lakes during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, bringing an end to the one-day warm-up we experienced on Tuesday.

Along this front, rain and snow showers are exiting the region this morning. By the mid-morning hours, the precipitation from the front should be well east of the Finger Lakes.

As the rain changes to snow on the back side of the front, only a brief period of generally light snow should be expected.

Accumulations will be limited to a light dusting of snow at most. The majority of the region will not see any accumulations at all.

The remainder of Wednesday, and much of Thanksgiving Day for that matter, will simply be cloudy and cool.

A couple of stray flurries will be scattered about, especially east of Seneca Lake. These should not cause any travel problems with no accumulation expected.

By the early afternoon on Thanksgiving, winds will turn towards the southwest, removing any lake effect flurries from the area and perhaps bringing in a little sunshine between clouds.

Temperatures will be cool for the next two days. Expect temperatures to hold steady in the mid 30s today until the mid-afternoon, when they drop into the low 30s.

Thanksgiving day will start with morning lows in the mid and upper 20s before rising to an afternoon high in the upper 30s.

Another Warm Up

The southwest winds that set up Thursday afternoon will persist through the night and well into Friday.

As a result, another batch of warmer air will move into the Finger Lakes.

Temperatures Thursday night will only fall a few degrees into the upper 20s and low 30s. A few showers or flurries may be possible during the evening hours, but the early bird Black Friday shoppers should have dry, quiet conditions.

Sunshine should become widespread Friday morning, which will help give temperatures an extra boost. Look for highs Friday afternoon in the upper 40s.

Saturday will be warmer yet, with highs reaching the low 50s during the afternoon. A few scattered showers will be possible, but the day generally looks quiet.

Colder air will move back in Saturday night through Sunday with some light lake effect snow possible. This continues to look like a minor lake effect event that should not cause many travel issues around the region.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you all a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday! I am especially thankful for all of your support and help making Finger Lakes Weather what it has become today. Whether you have simply become a loyal follower, have told friends and family, or have donated or sponsored, I greatly appreciate your contributions!

My next blog post will be Friday morning. In the meantime, the zip-code forecasts will continue to be updated, so check back for the latest for your town throughout the Holiday:

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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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