A bit warmer, but cloudy Wednesday; Snow Thursday

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Skies will remain mostly cloudy on Wednesday as one system departs and another approaches. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Slight, Brief Improvement Wednesday

Sandwiched in between a snowy Tuesday and a snowy Thursday, today will turn out to be at least somewhat tolerable.

That is not to say it will be nice. Temperatures will remain well below normal and sunshine will be hard to come by.

Most areas are starting the day under overcast skies with temperatures in the low or mid 30s.

Temperatures should gradually rise during the course of the day, reaching the low and mid 40s for afternoon highs.

Skies will remain overcast with just a small chance for a glimpse of sun late in the afternoon.

Clouds will thicken back up this evening as our next storm system approaches with flurries developing after midnight.

More April Snow

By dawn Thursday, it will likely be snowing steadily.

Temperatures should be near or above freezing, which will keep road conditions generally problem-free.

The snow will continue for much of the day, transitioning from snow from the low pressure system to lake effect by the evening hours.

Some accumulation of the snow is possible on grassy surfaces, especially during the morning and later in the afternoon.

After sunset, temperatures will start to drop below freezing and some slick spots may develop on the roads, especially in rural or higher elevation areas.

Snow showers will continue throughout the night, slowly shrinking in area. Lake flurries will continue over the eastern Finger Lakes well into Friday while the rest of the area begins to dry out.

Several inches of accumulation could occur over some higher elevations, but most areas should see a coating to an inch or two.

Return to Normal, Almost

Starting this weekend, the pattern of active, cold weather will slowly break down.

High pressure will begin to take control of the weather, resulting in a good amount of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will be slow to moderate, with highs in the mid 40s Saturday and around 50 degrees on Sunday.

Mid and upper 50s will be possible Monday and Tuesday with more sun on Monday before some clouds work in on Tuesday.

A storm system may impact the area next Wednesday and Thursday with some rain.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s or even low 60s through the end of April and into early May.

We are far enough into the year that anything less than 60 degrees is below normal. So while this will surely be a treat for our winter-weary region, it is barely even reaching normal for the end of April.

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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.