Cloudy Wednesday but storm stays just south

finger lakes weather forecast Wednesday March 20 2018 cloudy noreaster snow cold
Skies will be quite cloudy on Wednesday, but no precipitation is expected with the latest winter storm remaining just south of the region. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Storm Remains South

A cloudy but dry Wednesday is expected for the Finger Lakes as the fourth nor’easter of March stays south and east.

Clouds associated with this complex, two-part storm system are in place across the Finger Lakes at daybreak Wednesday morning. The clouds have helped keep temperatures mostly in the 20s overnight with a few places starting the day in the upper teens.

The cloud cover will likely remain thick throughout Wednesday as low pressure tracks across the Mid-Atlantic and then towards New England.

Accumulating precipitation is not expected to reach the Finger Lakes, though one or two flurries cannot be totally out of the question, especially across the Southern Tier.

Winds will continue to blow from the north with gusts to 25 mph.

The clouds and wind will help keep temperatures chilly today, with highs mostly in the low 30.

Temperatures overnight will fall through the 20s with most areas starting Thursday somewhere in the upper teens or near 20 degrees.

Thursday will end up cloudy as well, though a few breaks of sun may possibly mix in. High temperatures will reach the mid 30s as winds turn a bit more westerly.

Brief Chance for Lake Effect

As the storm system pulls away late Thursday into Friday, the atmosphere will be just cold and moist enough to produce a brief period of lake effect snow showers Friday morning.

Most large-scale models do not yet show this, but some of the smaller scale models are beginning to hint at this. Conditions look favorable enough for a spray of flurries and perhaps a squall or two, starting early Friday morning and possibly lingering into the afternoon.

Areas along and east of a Rochester — Penn Yan — Watkins Glen line have the best shot at seeing these snow showers. Accumulations will only be an inch or so for most areas, but like last Friday, any squalls could make for some quickly changing road conditions.

High pressure should build in and end any lake effect by Friday evening.

Temperatures Friday will range through the low and mid 30s.

Weekend Weather Preview

The weekend will have a mix of sunny and cloudy periods.

Another storm system will pass by the region with little to no direct impact. This system is expected to dive southeast from the Midwest, through the Ohio Valley, and into the Carolinas as a strong high pressure system sets up north of New England.

As such, no precipitation outside of a stray flurry is expected throughout the weekend.

Temperatures will remain well below normal, with highs both Saturday and Sunday once again in the low and mid 30s.

Morning lows will likely fall into the teens.

Winds will be from the north with gusts of 20 to 25 mph, mostly during the afternoon hours.

Temperatures may climb closer to normal next week with some highs in the 40s possible.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Laura Negronida

    Wondering if there have been any nighttime lows above freezing this month.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Just the very first day….March 1st had lows in the mid 30s.