Cooler air, snow, back in the forecast for the Finger Lakes

finger lakes weather forecast friday february 16 2018 cool air snow map
Temperatures will slide through the 30s Friday, setting the stage for a quick shot of light snow Saturday night. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Temperatures Fall Friday

Cold air will seep into the Finger Lakes on Friday behind a cold front that moved through the region early in the morning.

Temperatures to start the day still range through the upper 30s and low 40s with the front just recently having cleared the region.

Precipitation along the front has already pushed out of the area, though a couple stray showers or flurries will still be possible, especially this morning.

By the afternoon, some sun should begin to work out.

Winds will be gusty, topping out at 30-35 mph from the northwest. The winds will lessen after sunset tonight.

The temperatures will fall slowly through the day, dropping into the 20s by the time the sun sets.

Overnight lows will drop back into the upper teens for most areas under mostly clear skies.

Light Snow Saturday Night

finger lakes weather forecast snow map saturday february 17 2018
A light snow will fall Saturday night with most places seeing an inch or less of accumulation. Far southeastern portions of the Finger Lakes could see two inches. Click the map to enlarge it.

The daytime hours on Saturday will be quiet as an area of high pressure passes through.

Clouds will gradually filter into the region, starting as some high, thin cirrus clouds but eventually becoming thicker during the afternoon.

Temperatures will rise into the mid 30s, which is right on the seasonal normals for mid-February.

A quick moving storm system will pass southeast of the area Saturday night. It appears that the Finger Lakes region will be right on the northwest edge of this system’s influence.

Light snow will start during the evening hours and continue until sometime between 3-6 am, depending on location.

Areas further south and east will have the best shot at getting an inch or two, while areas northwest should only see a trace of snow.

The snow will be out of the region by sunup, with a sunny day in store for Sunday.

The expected high temperatures for Sunday are trending lower and should generally be near or just below 40 degrees.

Much warmer weather is expected next week, possibly breaking records Tuesday and/or Wednesday.

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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.). When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.