After quiet Wednesday, a bit of nighttime snow

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Variable amounts of cloudiness today will lead into some light snow overnight.

Small Disturbance Swings Through

An area of high pressure is centered just north of the Finger Lakes this morning and will keep the weather quiet during the daytime hours.

Lake effect cloud cover exists this morning thanks to some low level moisture and a northerly flow across Lake Ontario. Some thin clouds high in the atmosphere are also present as they build in from the south.

The lake effect clouds should diminish some later this morning, making for variable amounts of sunshine through the midafternoon. Late in the day, overcast conditions will work in from the west out ahead of a small disturbance.

Temperatures today will rise into the mid 30s this afternoon and will hold in the low to mid 30s this evening and overnight.

No precipitation is expected during the daytime hours, but some snow showers will work in this evening. This snow will first show up as a few isolated flurries around 9 pm. Snow will remain scattered through about 3 am.

Between 3-8 am, the snow will become more widespread with a few pockets of moderate snowfall. Flurries will then taper off during the midmorning hours Thursday.

Total snow accumulations through Thursday morning will range from a coating to perhaps an inch or two. Higher elevations in Central New York will have the best chance for over an inch.

After the snow, clouds will gradually move out Thursday afternoon with highs again reaching the mid 30s.

Another Quick System Saturday

Friday will be a quiet, sunny, and warm day in the Finger Lakes.

Cloud cover will be limited to some thin, high clouds mainly across the Southern Tier and Central New York. The sun should still shine through some of this deck of clouds.

Southwest winds will combine with the sunshine to drive temperatures into the mid 40s. A few of the typically warmer areas could reach the upper 40s.

Clouds will increase Saturday morning as a small system moves northeast through the Mid-Atlantic and into New England. Northwestern portions of the Finger Lakes may remain sunny.

A period of rain will clip the region, mostly south of a Dansville to Syracuse line. This rain will fall during the later morning and into the midafternoon.

Where it rains, temperatures will be near or just below 40 degrees. If the sun remains out anywhere, temperatures should push well into the 40s once more.

Sunday will be cloudy and a bit cooler, but still warmer than normal. Most areas should reach the upper 30s with nothing more than a stray flurry.

A larger storm system may approach the Finger Lakes around Tuesday next week. It is far too early to say whether this would be a rain or snow maker. Watch for hype surrounding this system.

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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.

  1. Joan

    Thanks Drew, and Happy New Year. Thanks for all you do. The picture today is stunning!.