Quiet Wednesday ahead of some snow Thursday

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No snow is expected Wednesday in the Finger Lakes, but clouds will increase after a sunny start to the day. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Remaining Chilly but Quiet Wednesday

The weather over the Finger Lakes is settling into a generally quiet pattern.

An area of high pressure will be overhead on Wednesday, keeping the Finger Lakes cool and dry.

Temperatures are starting in the teens with a few single digits over the eastern Finger Lakes where there is more snow on the ground.

Clear skies underneath this high pressure are responsible for the cold temperatures, but the sunshine should help temperatures warm to 25-30 degrees by noon.

Clouds will increase by midday and temperatures will only rise another degree or two during the afternoon.

No precipitation is expected until late this evening when winds turn to the west and a little lake effect off Lake Erie moves in. This lake effect should not amount to anything but a light dusting of accumulation over a few areas.

With the clouds overnight, temperatures should hold in the 20s.

A Bit Snowy Thursday

On Thursday, an area of low pressure will pass across Canada, dragging a cold front through the Finger Lakes.

Lake effect flurries will be possible throughout the morning and early afternoon ahead of this front. A more widespread area of snow will then be possible towards the evening commute.

Only light accumulations are expected. However, there is some evidence starting to show on the models that at least part of the area could be impacted by a heavier squall as the front comes through.

This could make for some trickier evening travel if it comes to pass.

These types of snow squalls are difficult to predict too far in advance, so be sure to check in with tomorrow morning’s forecast for an update on this potential.

Stretch of Quiet Weather

Some limited lake effect snow showers will linger into Friday and even Saturday behind the front.

These will be most common from Wayne County to Onondaga County, but areas further to the south could see some flurries.

High temperatures both Friday and Saturday will be between 25-30 degrees.

Any lake effect should dissipate by Sunday as high pressure takes control. Much, if not all next week looks dry.

Temperatures will bounce around next week, starting with a few low 40s on Sunday but retreating to the 20s by Wednesday.

Late next week temperatures may rise again as a storm system works into the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes.

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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 four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

4 Responses

  1. John Gregoire

    We also stopped getting the email. Must have missed your notice. PS. The Capcha on the sign up is a pain in the sit me down.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      How is the Captcha a pain? It should be just a button you push. The alternative is what I did today before getting the Captcha to work…weeding out over 200 spammy emails that waste my time and money.

  2. Laura Negronida

    I have stopped getting forecasts by email. Should I sign up for them again?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      I migrated to a new email list in November. You will need to re-sign up at flxweather.com/email