Snow Tuesday, followed by more snow Thursday

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday april 17 2018 snow lake effect
Lake effect snow showers on Tuesday will not accumulate during the day, but the same cannot be said of snow from a storm system on Thursday. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Mid-Winter in Mid-April

The next several days will seem more like winter than mid-April across the Finger Lakes with lake effect snow Tuesday followed by a widespread, possibly accumulating snow on Thursday.

Low pressure is situated north of the Finger Lakes over Canada, supplying cold, moist air on gusty west winds.

Temperatures aloft are cold enough for lake effect snow to develop with a spray of flurries across the region.

The snow will continue throughout the day and will likely increase for a time this afternoon as a disturbance moves through, rotating around the parent low.

Generally speaking, with temperatures in the mid and upper 30s today, the snow will not accumulate more than the coating some areas got overnight.

Temperatures will slip back into the low 30s tonight as the snow tapers off, so another coating may be possible in some areas.

Winds will gust between 30-35 mph today, making it feel more like the 20s.

Lake snows should end by Wednesday morning, but clouds will likely linger into the afternoon. High temperatures Wednesday will reach the mid 40s.

More Snow Thursday

A relatively small storm system will track from the Midwest, across the southern Great Lakes, and into the Finger Lakes by early Thursday morning.

Precipitation will overspread the region and remain in place for most of the day on Thursday.

Temperatures currently look just cold enough for most of this to fall as snow except for areas right near Lake Ontario, which may mix with rain.

With high temperatures in the mid 30s, most road conditions should remain just wet.

However, a couple of inches could fall on grassy surfaces during the course of the day Thursday.

This is most likely over higher elevations, but much of the region may turn white on Thursday.

Like today, Friday will then have some lake effect snow showers with gusty winds from the northwest and high temperatures only in the mid and upper 30s.

Will it Ever End?

With a little luck, this may be the end of the wintry weather for this season.

A warming trend is expected to kick off this weekend, with highs only in the low 40s Saturday, but near 50 degrees by Sunday.

Next week looks to be full of upper 50s and low 60s, which is close to the seasonal averages for a change.

This near-normal weather may be able to persist into the final days of April.

At least a few sunny days will also be likely early next week.

Yes, more cool weather may be possible beyond that, but for now, let’s just get through this miserable week and look forward to a week or two of normal Spring weather!

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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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