Weekend cold front brings changing weather conditions to the Finger Lakes

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Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. A fiery sunrise Saturday in Potter, NY captures the essence of the old proverb as a cold front approaches the region. [Photo by Helen Heizyk, November 25, 2017]

Cold Front Set to Move Through the FLX

A cold front is approaching the Finger Lakes Saturday morning with a band of rain and the promise of more showers and eventually flurries.

The good news is that the precipitation this weekend will remain quite light and even the snow should not cause many travel issues as we close out the holiday weekend.

The FLX Interactive Radar shows the rain moving into the Finger Lakes as of 8:30 Saturday morning.  This rain will take a couple of hours to cross the region and should be departing the eastern areas by midday.

This rain is actually out ahead of the front, which is lagging a few hours behind. Between the rain this morning and the arrival of the front late this afternoon, there should be a couple of hours of dry, mild weather as temperatures push into the upper 40s.

Late this afternoon, winds will shift to the northwest and rain showers will again spread across the region as the front passes by.

Colder air will filter into the region and snow will start to mix in with the rain by about midnight tonight.

A Little Snow for Sunday

Between Midnight tonight and about 9 am Sunday, some limited lake effect snow will impact the Finger Lakes.

This lake effect is not expected to be overly organized, though a heavier band may develop within a broader area of flurries around dawn across the northeastern Finger Lakes.

This may impact areas such as Auburn, Syracuse, and Cortland. Especially over the higher elevations in these areas, an inch or two of snow could accumulate. Little to no snow accumulation is expected elsewhere.

Winds will become more westerly, then southwesterly during the later morning and afternoon hours, ending the threat of lake effect snow in the Finger Lakes.

High temperatures on Sunday will generally be in the mid or low 30s.

A second weak system will pass north of the region Sunday evening. Some additional snow showers will be possible with this system Sunday evening, but again with little to no accumulation.

Next Week Preview

Much of the coming week will be dominated by high pressure across the eastern portion of the continent.

This will result in mainly dry conditions with some fluctuations in temperature.

After cool temperatures Sunday bleed into Monday, south winds ahead of another system over southern Canada will bring warm air back into the Finger Lakes for Tuesday. Temperatures should be well into the 50s.

Little to no precipitation is expected on Wednesday as that Canadian system passes by, but temperatures will respond by briefly dropping.

Highs on Wednesday should be in the 40s before returning to at least the low 50s on Thursday.

A stronger front will move through late in the week, sending temperatures back towards the 30s for next weekend.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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