Wednesday Evening Winter Storm Updates, Live Q&A

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Snow totals Thursday night could approach a foot across the southeastern Finger Lakes.

Latest Winter Storm Updates

A significant winter storm with heavy snow will impact the Finger Lakes beginning Thursday afternoon and continuing into early Friday morning. Here are the latest updates, including a live Q&A Video session at 8 PM.


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Confidence continues to increase that much of this storm will be snow across the Finger Lakes. While the forecast confidence is still below normal, I am throwing my forecast in favor of the snow.

Precipitation will overspread the Finger Lakes from southwest to northeast Thursday afternoon. By 6 PM, moderate to heavy snow will have overspread the entire region.

The snow will increase in intensity during the evening with the peak of the storm coming between 10 PM- 3 AM Thursday night. Pockets of heavy snow will linger over the eastern Finger Lakes for a few additional hours. After 6 AM Friday, the snow will quickly taper off and, for the most part, end by 9 AM.

There could be a brief period of mixed precipitation during the late afternoon over the western portions of the region and during the evening over eastern areas.

The dynamics of heavy precipitation developing over the region will compete with warm air wrapping around the storm. In the end, it is my opinion that the cooling impacts of the precipitation will overpower the warming and temperatures will stay near or below freezing throughout the atmosphere.

The heaviest snow will fall over the eastern Finger Lakes in a prime location where cold air will intersect heavy precipitation to a maximum impact.

The result should be widespread amounts of 10-12 inches from the southern half of Steuben County north-eastward through Ithaca and Cortland.

Further to the north, amounts will quickly taper off. Areas from Wellsville to Penn Yan to Syracuse can except 8-10 inches. Dansville to Geneva to Fulton will see 6-8 inches, while Batavia and Rochester see 4-6 inches.

Road conditions during the evening and overnight hours will become treacherous and travel is discouraged. However, travel should become easier Friday morning as the snow ends and temperatures rise into the mid 30s.

By noon Friday, most main and secondary roads will probably be just wet with some sloppy conditions lingering in the rural areas.

A few more spits of rain and snow will continue throughout Friday, but this precipitation will remain light and scattered. Quiet conditions should build in Friday night as lake effect sets over the Tug Hill, far removed from the Finger Lakes.

Live Q&A: 8 PM Wednesday

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil will broadcast on Facebook Live at 8 PM Wednesday evening with storm updates. Most of the broadcast will be dedicated to taking your questions.

Questions can be submitted via Facebook, Email, or Skype at FingerLakesWeather

The conversation will be embedded below.

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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.