Snow and cold return for a brief stay

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After some fog this morning, snow and wind will make for some slick travel conditions Monday afternoon and evening. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Two Days of Wintry Weather

An area of low pressure over eastern Canada is dragging a pair of cold fronts through the Great Lakes Monday.

These fronts will move through the Finger Lakes, bringing wind, snow showers, and a few squalls.

The weather is quiet early this Monday morning with the fronts still well to the west. Temperatures are near or just above 30 degrees.

Some areas of fog remain from last night, so be aware early this morning for some foggy areas.

Snow showers should begin to fly by the late morning with some localized heavier bursts occurring through the afternoon. These bursts will bring visibility down and may coat roadways with a bit of snow.

Snow will continue into the evening but should become less squally and more of a widespread spray of lighter snow. Total accumulations through midnight will be less than two inches.

It will also be increasingly windy today with gusts to 40 mph by this afternoon.

Travel conditions will be moderately impacted. Be on the lookout for rapid changes in road conditions, use headlights, and slow down. All in all, though, most people should be able to get to where they need to go without too many problems or delays.

Temperatures will reach the mid 30s early this afternoon then slowly drop to about 30 degrees by 6 pm.

Snow showers should taper off after midnight with just a few stray flurries lasting into early Tuesday morning. These should dissipate by mid-morning though a few flurries off Cayuga Lake near and east of Ithaca may last a bit longer.

Winds will remain gusty Tuesday morning and will slacken some for the afternoon. Sunny skies should develop during the afternoon. It will remain cold though, with highs only in the mid 20s.

Back to Warmer Weather

Winds will swing around to the south Tuesday night, setting up a return to warmer temperatures as early as Wednesday.

Sunshine and the south wind will warm the area from morning lows near 20 degrees to afternoon highs in the mid 40s.

Thursday should be even warmer with mid or upper 40s for highs, depending on how much sun shines.

A storm system moves in on Friday. Low pressure is expected to track over the Finger Lakes or to the west, making this a warm, rainy event.

Rain will start Thursday night before breaking as dry air wraps into the region for much of Friday. A band of rain and possibly even a clap of thunder will move through later in the day. Temperatures should push well into the 50s.

Behind this system, more seasonable weather will move in for the weekend and early next week. Some minor snow may be possible by Christmas Eve, making a White Christmas still possible.

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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.