Light snow passes through Finger Lakes Monday Night-Tuesday

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Clouds will increase Monday, followed by some light snow Monday night and Tuesday. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Clouds Increase, Temperatures Moderate

After some sunshine and cold morning temperatures, warmer air will start to work in, along with some clouds and eventually snow showers.

To start though, at least partial sunshine is likely Monday morning into the first part of the afternoon as high pressure slowly departs the area.

This high pressure system has resulted in another chilly morning with many areas below zero to start the day.

Temperatures should rebound quickly this morning, pushing into the low 20s by this afternoon.

Clouds will gradually take over, becoming increasingly thick throughout the afternoon.

A few flurries may even start to enter into the region by sunset.

Temperatures may drop a degree or two this evening, but should generally stick around or just above 20 degrees into tonight.

Light Snow Moves Through

The chances for light snow will increase this evening as a dissipating low pressure system moves into the Great Lakes region.

On and off periods of snow are likely Monday Night and throughout the day on Tuesday.

It will not be snowing the entire time, but there could be a couple of bouts of moderate snow here and there.

In all, snow accumulations from this system will be light. Most places will only see an inch or two, with a few localized areas possibly reaching three inches by Tuesday night.

Temperatures on Tuesday will rise into the low 30s, but cooler air will work back in as a second low develops along coastal New England, resulting in northwest winds on Wednesday. Look for high temperatures on Wednesday in the low 20s.

Quiet Late Week

As that coastal storm pulls away, the Great Lakes region will get caught between a large area of high pressure centered over the Southern United States and a Canadian low well north over the Hudson Bay.

This will set up a westerly flow across the northern United States, which typically means quiet, seasonable weather for the Finger Lakes.

That should be the case for the later part of the week, with sunny skies expected Thursday into Friday.

Temperatures will moderate, with highs Thursday in the mid to upper 20s while Friday reaches the mid 30s.

The west winds over Lake Ontario will result in an area of lake effect north of the Finger Lakes across the Tug Hill.

With a significant portion of Lake Erie now ice-covered, any lake effect that does form off of Erie will be very limited and should hug the shoreline, not reaching into the Finger Lakes.

A storm system will approach the region for the weekend. At this time, this system looks warm with a path through the Great Lakes and into Canada.

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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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