What to Expect Wednesday
Snow continues to fall across the Finger Lakes this morning with pockets of heavy accumulations.
This snow is from a combination of a low pressure system centered over Maine this morning and enhancement from the Great Lakes.
Throughout the daytime hours on Tuesday, it snow consistently but only the highest elevations saw accumulations. Once the sun set last night, the lake effect strengthened, road conditions worsened, and accumulations piled up.
The opposite trend should unfold this morning as the snow gradually lessens in intensity and road conditions slowly improve.
However, like Tuesday, the snow will stick with us throughout the entire day and into the evening.
Temperatures today will be lower than yesterday. Some areas will still rise above freezing, limiting accumulations. The weakening of the snow will slow the accumulations as well.
Areas most likely to see significant accumulations throughout the day today are over the higher elevations to the east of Cayuga Lake and in the Bristol Hills. An additional 4-6 inches could fall in these areas.
A few more inches will fall across much of the northern Finger Lakes, downwind of Lake Erie, and over some other higher elevations. I should expect only another inch or so across the Southern Tier and near the south ends of the larger Finger Lakes.
This continues to be a highly variable, complex snow event which leads to lower forecast confidence. One should not be surprised to see their actual snow amounts not match up perfectly with any given snow map.
The above snow map is for additional snow from 7 am this morning through midnight ONLY. After midnight, the widespread snow should begin to end as the lake effect becomes the primary mechanism.
Winds will continue to be gusty through the daytime hours, causing blowing and drifting snow.
Warmer This Weekend, but Remaining Active
A single band of snow is expected to linger through Thursday morning and even into the afternoon. An additional 1-3 inches will fall in this band. This band will start in the vicinity of a Rochester-Penn Yan-Ithaca line before drifting about 20 miles further east during the morning hours.
By the afternoon, it should be nothing more than a few snow showers as it moves towards Syracuse.
On Friday, a warm front will lift northeast towards the Finger Lakes. Widespread light snow will transition to rain showers during the day. An inch of snow could accumulate over the higher elevations of Central New York.
Saturday will be cloudy and cool with highs during the daytime in the upper 30s. Temperatures will rise during the evening as another batch of rain moves.
Temperatures will be in the mid 40s by Sunday morning as rain tapers off. Some sun may work out Sunday afternoon. If that happens, temperatures could shoot well into the upper half of the 50s. Cold air will spill back in on Monday and linger through much of next week.
Due to internet connection problems on Tuesday, the zip-code forecasts have been temporarily offline. I will work on catching them back up this morning. Thank you for understanding!
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