Snow returns to the Finger Lakes Monday night into Tuesday

finger lakes weather forecast snow amounts monday january 29 2018
Snow will move into the Finger Lakes overnight and persist well into Tuesday with a widespread 2-5 inches falling.

Snow Back in the Weather Forecast

After a mild weekend, snow is back in the forecast for the Finger Lakes as a disturbance passes through the region late Monday into Tuesday.

Before that system moves in, though, the daytime hours Monday will be quiet.

Clouds and patchy fog are in place early Monday morning with mostly cloudy skies expected throughout the day.

Precipitation, however, will not fall until well after sunset.

Temperatures will not be as warm today, with most places reaching the mid 30s. Areas near Lake Ontario may only reach the low 30s, while some upper 30s are possible across the Southern Tier.

Snow will very slowly drift in from the west tonight with most places remaining snow-free through midnight.

However, this small disturbance will tap into some favorable atmospheric conditions to produce a fluffy snow that accumulates quicker than most snows.

Widespread snow is likely throughout Tuesday morning, making the morning commute a bit slick. The snow will taper off during the afternoon, but flurries will linger southeast of Lake Ontario into early Wednesday.

Snow amounts will generally be between 2 and 5 inches across the region. Parts of western New York could see a little more, while areas to the east of the Finger Lakes will see less.

High temperatures on Tuesday will be in the 20s with gusty northwest winds making it feel more like the teens.

More Seasonable This Week

The remainder of the week looks a bit more typical of late January and early February than the recent weather has been.

Winds will turn towards the south Wednesday, quickly ending any lingering lake effect flurries as a system passes across southern Canada.

At this time, the precipitation from this system is expected to remain north of the Finger Lakes.

Highs Wednesday will be right around the seasonal normals in the low 30s.

Thursday will be a bit warmer, with a few places breaking 40 degrees as rain and snow showers move back into the region.

These will turn to all snow on Friday as lake effect picks up southeast of Lake Ontario.

Temperatures Friday will only be in the teens with a couple inches of snow falling in the usual lake effect areas.

More widespread, light snow may be possible Saturday into Sunday, but the details this far out are still sketchy at best.

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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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