Clouds, temperatures increase Tuesday ahead of cold front

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Tuesday will be cloudy but quiet across the Finger Lakes. A few snow showers are likely Wednesday with a couple inches Thursday night. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Warmer, but not Warm

After a cold weekend and Monday, temperatures are returning to normal across the Finger Lakes for a brief time.

Most of the region is starting the day in the low 20s with a few upper teens mixed in as well.

Clouds have moved in from the west and are helping keep temperatures up.

Winds are very light this morning but will take on a southwesterly direction later this morning and into the afternoon.

That will help temperatures warm to about the seasonal average with most of the Finger Lakes near or just above 30 degrees.

The clouds should remain in place with just a few glimpses of sunshine from time to time. This will be most likely across the Southern Tier and Central New York.

Quiet conditions will persist into the overnight. The clouds and southwest winds will hold temperatures in the mid and upper 20s.

Snow Chances Wednesday, Thursday Late

The weather will start to increase in activity during the second half of the week.

First will be a cold front on Wednesday.

Some flurries will be possible out ahead of the front Wednesday morning, but a better chance for snow seems possible during the afternoon hours as the front itself moves through.

A few scattered bursts of snow may accompany the front. Conditions for a widespread heavy squall do not look as favorable.

The snow is most likely between noon and 4 pm. Most of the region will see less than an inch of accumulation and travel should not be impacted significantly.

Temperatures Wednesday will reach the low and mid 30s before the front, but will drop back into the 20s before sunset. Gusty winds will also blow throughout Wednesday before diminishing during the evening.

Skies will remain at least partly cloudy Wednesday night, keeping temperatures from falling further than the teens. South and southeast winds will take over again by Thursday morning.

Thursday will be cloudy with highs ranging through the 20s. The warmest temperatures will be found to the southwest.

Snow will arrive Thursday evening from a weak low pressure system passing to our south. After falling steadily through the night, most of this snow should pull out by Friday morning.

A widespread 1-3 inches will accumulate across the region. The higher elevations of Central New York and the eastern Finger Lakes have the best shot at seeing three inches while areas west of Canandaigua have the best chance at seeing just an inch.

Regarding the potential storm this weekend, I have no additional updates to share this morning from the blog post I published last night.

Please take a few minutes to read that post if you have not yet as it is full of great information and advice on what to expect in the days leading up to this possible event.

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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.