A little sun Tuesday before more mixed precipitation Wednesday

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Outside of a few morning flurries, Tuesday will have a mix of sun and clouds out ahead of the next system Wednesday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Next Weather System Approaches Wednesday

High pressure situated between weather systems will pass through the Finger Lakes today.

Light northwest winds ahead of the high are just enough to produce lake effect cloud cover and scattered flurries across the northern and eastern Finger Lakes this morning.

The snow that falls will continue to be light with no additional accumulations this morning.

As the high continues to nose in, the winds will become less favorable for lake effect. A few flurries could linger into the early afternoon, but most will dissipate late this morning.

Outside of the lake effect, skies are partly cloudy and temperatures cool.

Sunshine will spread over all the Finger Lakes this afternoon while some thin clouds simultaneously move in from the south.

Highs this afternoon will reach the low to perhaps mid 20s.

After an initial drop this evening, temperatures will rise again before dawn Wednesday as south winds ahead of the next system increase.

Those winds will become blustery by Wednesday afternoon as precipitation moves in.

Precipitation will start as a period of light snow before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain. Rain will mix in during the evening and overnight.

I expect only minor accumulations of snow and ice, with less than an inch of snow and a glaze of ice. Untreated surfaces will become slick, but treated roadways should remain in decent shape.

Precipitation will taper to some drizzle before dawn Thursday as temperatures push into the upper 30s and low 40s.

A cold front will turn winds to the west and temperatures will fall back through the 30s throughout Thursday. Winds will gust over 30 mph.

Quiet Until Sunday

Friday and Saturday will be dominated by high pressure moving back into the Finger Lakes.

Expect plenty of sunshine on Friday, but Saturday will have a deck of thin cloud cover in advance of a new weather system.

Precipitation is unlikely either day. Temperatures will be near normal on Friday with highs in the mid 30s. Saturday will reach the low 40s.

Rain will move in Saturday night and continue into Sunday morning. Showers will linger into Sunday afternoon and evening. Wintry precipitation is not expected with this system with temperatures Sunday possibly reaching well into the 50s.

Another period of strong winds is likely with this system. Winds will pick up Sunday morning and will remain strong through Sunday night and Monday. Top gusts of 40-55 mph are possible, but this remains uncertain at this early juncture.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.