A little sun, a little snow

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday march 6 2018 sun snow
A few breaks of sun early Tuesday will give way to clouds, followed by a burst of snow for the evening.

Quiet Day Ahead of Evening Snow

The weather will gradually get more active, starting this evening, but this morning and afternoon should be tranquil to start.

High pressure over the Mid-Atlantic will give way to an area of low pressure over the Midwest. Already, some clouds ahead of that low pressure system are arriving in the Finger Lakes.

Some areas are starting the day with some sunshine and some additional breaks of sun will be possible on and off through the morning and into the early afternoon.

Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s this afternoon. This will be the warmest day of the week.

The cloud cover should thicken later in the afternoon and a few rain or snow showers may start to work in towards dinner time.

By about 8 pm, a band of snow will spiral into the Finger Lakes from the south. The snow may come down at a moderate rate, but should only last a couple of hours.

A general 1 to 2 inches is expected, with up to 3 or 4 inches possible over higher elevations.

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On and Off Snow Remainder of the Week

The rest of this week will be characterized by on and off bouts of snow.

The low pressure system from the Midwest will slide into the Great Lakes and stall out while a second low develops along the east coast.

The coastal storm should remain east of the region with just a small chance that the far western edge reaches in the I-81 Corridor on Wednesday.

The nor’easter, too, will more or less stall out once it lifts north into Canada. With two stalled out and weakening systems in the area spinning around one another, there will likely be periods of snow in our region.

Exactly how this all unfolded and when and where to expect the snow is complicated.

At this time, Wednesday looks mostly quiet for the Finger Lakes with the nor’easter to the east and some squally weather over Western New York. Wednesday night, our chances for some snow will increase into Thursday with mostly light amounts.

The best chance for widespread accumulating snow looks to be on Friday when a spray of flurries and squalls sets up across the region. Most areas will see a couple of inches.

In all, of the course of the week, some areas could see a half-foot of snow, despite not being directly in the path of the nor’easter. This would come as a couple inches here and a couple inches there and thus should not have a major impact.

Temperatures will spend the rest of the week mostly in the mid 30s.

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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.

  1. John Gregoire
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    Drew. As an example of elevation snow I took a ride from our hilltop near Mecklenburg and 18 inches of snow plus drifts down to Watkins Glen. With each elevation drop we saw less snow, Bennetsburg with under a foot, Burdett with 4 inches and then Watkins with green grass!