Flurries linger in the Finger Lakes Monday

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Additional snow accumulation of an inch or less are expected on Monday before some localized lake effect flares up tonight. [Photo by Melissa Stella, Onondaga Lake Park, Syracuse]

Light snow, Little Accumulation

An area of low pressure is situated along the New York-Pennsylvania state line this morning.

Flurries and a little freezing drizzle continue across the region as the low passes by.

Precipitation will be light through the morning. By the early afternoon, the snow will dissipate with just some scattered flurries lingering into the afternoon.

Additional accumulation through today will be an inch or less.

Colder air will work in as the low pulls away and winds strengthen from the northwest. Look for afternoon temperatures to be near or just above 20 degrees.

A few wind gusts as high as 30 mph will be possible, especially towards Central New York and across the Southern Tier.

Some weak lake effect snow will organize southeast of Lake Ontario this evening and through the overnight. This snow will mostly fall along and north of a Rochester to Ithaca line. Up to two inches could fall for a few select locales.

Outside of the lake effect, clouds will break up some for a partly cloudy overnight.

Overnight temperatures will be in the mid-teens beneath the lake effect clouds with upper single digits and low teens away from the lake effect.

The lake effect could linger as late as noon or 1 pm on Tuesday before winds shift to the south and carry the lake effect flurries away.

Skies will be a mix of sun and cloud during the afternoon. Temperatures will remain chilly with highs in the low 20s.

More Light Precipitation Wednesday

A split storm system will track east towards the Finger Lakes on Wednesday. One piece of the system will track northeast through the Great Lakes while a second piece moves through the Ohio Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic.

The result will be light mixed precipitation for the Finger Lakes, but not a significant event.

Light snow will arrive Wednesday afternoon with temperatures reaching the upper 20s.

A period of mixed precipitation is then likely from the late afternoon through the evening. A change over to rain should occur overnight as temperatures warm into the mid and upper 30s.

Snow amounts should be an inch or less with a glaze of freezing rain possible. Untreated surfaces may get slick, but treated roadways should not be too bad off.

Thursday will be breezy as temperatures peak in the low 40s during the morning, then drop back into the 30s. The wind will be from the west.

Friday and Saturday look quiet before a windy, wet, warm system is possible for Sunday.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Bara

    Hey there,
    I’d appreciate any insights you can provide for best (least snowy, most open roaded) way to drive from West Stockbridge, MA, to Trumansburg, NY across Rt 90W to
    …either 88S, 206W, 79W, 96N
    …or (rt 89S) down the west side of Cayuga Lake
    PS hoping to leave asap

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      Hi Bara! Most of the main roads should be just fine here, so take your pick! Should not have any problems.