Windy with limited lake effect snow Friday

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A cold front will bring gusty winds to the Finger Lakes on Friday along with a few flurries and squalls. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Blustery Day

A cold front will push across the Finger Lakes Friday morning, bringing gusty winds to the region.

Scattered snow showers and a few squalls accompany the front, enhanced by Lake Erie. These are primarily focused over the northern half of the region.

A few areas could see a quick inch of snow accumulation through the early afternoon.

Additional snow showers are likely during the mid and late afternoon hours, but they should be more scattered and less intense.

Temperatures are in the mid 20s to start the day. No warming is expected with temperatures expected to slip a few degrees by midday with the cold front.

During the afternoon, additional cooling is likely with teens entering the picture.

West-southwest winds will gust between 35-40 mph for most of the Finger Lakes, but areas along and north of I-90 will see gusts of 40-45 mph.

This will produce wind chills in the single digits throughout the afternoon.

Winds will lessen during the overnight hours, but wind chills will still drop below zero as temperatures settle in the single digits.

Weather for the Weekend & Beyond

Southwest winds will continue on Saturday, keeping lake effect limited to a few flurries.

Skies will remain more cloudy than not, but a few breaks of sun will be possible.

Temperatures will rise from the single digits early to a high in the upper teens to near 20 degrees.

Top wind gusts will be between 20-25 mph, keeping the wind chill around 10 degrees.

A weak system will pass through the region on Sunday. Scattered snow showers will accompany this system.

There are some early indications that a band of heavier snow may try to develop along the cold front of this system Sunday afternoon. This remains uncertain but could make for some tricky travel should it develop.

Monday looks to be a quiet but cold day in the Finger Lakes. A few lake effect flurries will be possible. Morning lows will start between -5 and +5 degrees and afternoon highs should not get much higher than 10 degrees.

A larger weather system will move into the region later Tuesday into Wednesday. With plenty of cold air in place, this system should be all snow. How much will fall remains uncertain.

Behind that system, a period of bitter cold is likely. Again, exactly how cold is uncertain. Beyond next weekend, look for temperatures to moderate to more seasonable levels.

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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.