Tuesday Evening snow showers move into the Finger Lakes

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday december 11 2018 snow showers accumulation
Snow showers will enter into the Finger Lakes this evening and continue through the night before ending early Wednesday morning.

Minor Snowfall Tuesday Night

An area of low pressure will track along a stalled out frontal boundary as it weakens today.

Out ahead of this low, winds have turned to the southwest and warmer air is working in aloft.

With ample cloud cover still locked in over the region, temperatures this morning are not too cold. Most areas are starting out in the low or mid 20s this morning. This is near normal for mid-December.

Through this morning and early afternoon, there may be a few glimpses of sunshine between clouds.

Temperatures will climb into the mid 30s this afternoon with higher elevations in the low 30s.

Light snow showers will enter the Finger Lakes after sunset tonight and continue through the evening. A few hours of steadier moderate lake effect after midnight to the north and east of Seneca Lake.

By Wednesday morning, only a few stray flurries will linger. Most of the Finger Lakes will see a coating of snow or no accumulation. Up to an inch could in a few places fall thanks to the overnight lake effect.

Temperatures overnight will be in the mid and upper 20s.

Weather Remains Tame, Starts Warming

Wednesday will have a mix of clouds and sunshine. Temperatures will be a bit cooler with highs in the low 30s for most areas.

Another very weak system may clip the area late Wednesday night with a few more snow showers, mostly after midnight. Little to no accumulation is expected if the snow even reaches the ground.

Morning clouds should dissipate Thursday, leaving sunshine for the middle and end of the day. Winds will turn to the south once again.

This will boost temperatures into the mid and upper 30s. A few of the typically warmer areas between Rochester and Buffalo may reach 40 degrees.

Friday will be cloudier but warmer yet with widespread low 40s for highs. No precipitation is expected.

A larger storm system will develop over the Southeastern United States. It is looking less likely that this will have a significant impact on our weekend. A bit of rain or mixed precipitation may move into the Southern Tier and Central New York before dawn Saturday.

The rest of Saturday should have a mix of sun and clouds while Sunday turns out bright and sunny for the second weekend in a row. Temperatures both days should be near or above 40 degrees.

Our chances for a White Christmas could be in serious jeopardy with another tranquil week possible next week coupled with slightly above normal temperatures mostly in the 40s. It is far too early to make any certain projections though as it only takes one well timed day of cold and lake effect snow to make the ground white on December 25th.

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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.