Snow likely Sunday Evening into Monday

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Light snow will fall late Sunday and much of Monday. Accumulations will range from 3-6 inches, but travel impacts will be limited.

Snow Shifts North

A storm system passing south of the Finger Lakes late Sunday into Monday is now expected to come far enough north to impact the area.

Snow will begin lightly during the late afternoon hours, between roughly 4-6 PM. The snow may not even reach the ground initially but will do so by the evening.

Steady light snow will persist through the overnight and into Monday morning. The snow will gradually taper off on Monday before ending by the late afternoon.

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Snow amounts of 3-6 inches are likely across the Finger Lakes from Sunday afternoon through Monday afternoon, February 17-18. 2019. Click the map to enlarge.

The snow will have a slight impact on travel conditions, especially on secondary and rural roads. Many primary roads should remain in good shape with even low amounts of maintenance from road crews.

In all, a general 3-6 inches is expected to fall across the Finger Lakes with most areas seeing 4 or 5 inches. The best chance for over 4 inches will be mainly south of I-90 with accumulations of just 3 inches more likely closer to Lake Ontario.

Of course, as is always the case, amounts will vary, sometimes over short distances.

Given that these snow amounts will come over a period of about 24 hours, the amounts are quite low.

During most of the snow, winds will be very light. However, Monday afternoon, a northwest wind will pick up with gusts of 20-30 mph. This could lead to a few areas of blowing and drifting.

Temperatures will hold in the mid and upper 20s from Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning. A rise towards 30 degrees is expected during the late morning before a drop back into the mid 20s for Monday afternoon.

Tuesday and much of Wednesday then look quiet before another weak system possibly spreads mixed precipitation into the area late Wednesday.

Unless the forecast for the snow significantly changes, my next update will not come until Monday morning.

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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.

5 Responses

  1. John Gregoire

    Like the opening map and table. Simple and says it all. Recent trip to Minneapolis gives a whole new outlook on snow, driving, road clearance. In sim, they don’t sweat it, don’t plow down to pavement, sidewalks little cleared. Little salt. It was lovely.

  2. Mary Woollatt

    Drew, recently we have not been getting the local forecast when we enter our zip code – 14821. Any idea why?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      If you see a blank page…try refreshing. If it says ‘no forecast here’ there could be a hidden space or something throwing it off. Anyway, it worked ok for me. You can always just go directly to as well! Sorry for any troubles!

      • Mary Woollatt

        Refresh did the trick – thank you!

  3. Sharon Warren

    Thanks for the update!