More snow Thursday then…Spring?

finger lakes weather forecast thursday april 19 2018 snow warm up spring
After a coating of snow overnight, lake effect snow will develop, but warmer weather is on the way. [Photo by Janet Steiner]

Snow Flies Thursday

A quick moving storm system moved through overnight with a coating of snow, but we are not quite done with the snow yet.

Lake effect snow will be present for much of the day. During the morning and afternoon hours, the lake effect will be weak and disorganized.

Temperatures will remain above freezing with highs in the mid 30s. This should prevent any accumulations during the day, though any brief squalls could whiten the ground for a little while.

As temperatures begin to drop this evening, the lake effect will become heavier and more widespread. Squalls will also become more likely.

By 7 or 8 pm, most areas will begin dropping to or below freezing. Some secondary roads may start to see the snow stick while accumulations on grassy surfaces become more likely. Most major thoroughfares should have enough traffic for minimal if any snow accumulation.

The snow should start to wind down after midnight, with just some scattered flurries early Friday morning. These flurries will mostly be east of Cayuga Lake and will linger into the early afternoon before slowly dissipating.

Most areas will wake up Friday with a fresh coat of white, similar to this morning. A few localized areas, mostly over higher elevations, could have a solid inch or two on the ground.

Warming Up At Last!

Sunshine should move into the Finger Lakes from west to east Friday afternoon. If enough sun works out, temperatures could rise into the low 40s for much of the area.This will be least likely over the eastern Finger Lakes, where it will be hard to erode the lake induced cloud cover away.

Both Saturday and Sunday are looking, compared to our recent weather, quite wonderful.

Bright sunny skies are expected on both days with highs Saturday reaching the upper 40s with low 50s on Sunday.

Northwest winds will be a bit gusty, especially Saturday, but all in all the sunshine and warmer temperatures will feel quite nice.

It does not stop with this weekend, either. Sunshine will extend into Monday with partly cloudy skies on Tuesday.

High temperatures Monday should approach 60 degrees while Tuesday could push well into the 60s.

Some rain will be possible Wednesday night into Thursday and Friday, but temperatures should hold in the 50s during this time.

Imagine that — a whole week of temperatures near normal!

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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.). Drew and his wife have three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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    Jane Schantz
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    Hahahaha. Thanks Drew!