What to expect from the storm Friday & the weekend’s weather

finger lakes weather forecast snow storm friday march 2 2018 storm updates
Snow will taper off across the Finger Lakes today, but far eastern areas of the region could see several more inches.

Friday Morning Storm Updates

Snow continues to fall across the Finger Lakes after anywhere from a couple inches to a foot and a half fell overnight.

The merger of two low pressure systems is underway early this morning which has kick-started the transition from phase one of this storm to phase two.

finger lakes regional weather map friday march 2 2018 7am
The 7 am Radar and Weather Map shows the two lows of this system southeast of the Finger Lakes with snowfall becoming lighter for western areas. Click to enlarge.

Phase one was rain turning to heavy snow during the overnight as low pressure tracked across Pennsylvania.

Phase two was the consolidation into a coastal storm off the coast of New England with heavy snow focusing over Central New York while decreasing across the Finger Lakes.

This transition has rapidly begun early this morning. Like the snow started early last night, this is a few hours ahead of schedule.

Snow will continue to taper off for areas west of Cayuga Lake through the morning. By noon, many areas will have pretty much completely stopped seeing snow with just a few scattered snow showers.

Periods of snow will persist across the far eastern Finger Lakes with the heaviest snow expected east of I-81 and in the higher elevations of Madison County.

Snow showers may spread back west somewhat during the later afternoon hours, but with little additional accumulation.

What to expect from here

finger lakes weather forecast snow map friday march 2 2018
Most of the Finger Lakes will only see another inch or two of snow. This map is for ADDITIONAL snow after 7 am Friday. Click image to enlarge.

For most of the Finger Lakes, this storm is on the decline. Additional snow from this system after 7 am Friday will only measure up to an inch or two.

However, gusty winds will continue, causing some areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Severe ice and snow conditions exist on many roads, scattered power outages exist, and a couple of roads are even partially closed.

Further east, snow will continue with several more inches falling. Poor travel conditions, sporadic power outages, and blowing and drifting snow will persist.

If you are able to stay put, please do so. This will allow road crews to clean up easier.

Just a few snow showers are expected this evening with these ending by dawn Saturday.

Temperatures Friday will hold in the low 30s before dropping back into the 20s overnight.

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Quiet Weekend Ahead

Our region will get a chance to dig out and clean up this weekend.

High pressure will build into the region, keeping the area precipitation free.

Some low-level moisture wrapping back around the low and over Lake Ontario may make the cloud cover rather stubborn.

Clouds and a little sun may be possible on Saturday and into early Sunday before the sun gradually makes its way out in full force late Sunday.

Temperatures will be very close to normal for early March. Highs both Saturday and Sunday will be in the mid 30.

Monday will be quiet as well with highs in the low 30s before some mostly light precipitation for the middle of next week.

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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.

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