Sloppy system Wednesday followed by the promise of warm but windy weekend

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After a brief period of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make untreated surfaces slick Wednesday evening.

Wintry Mix on Track

A large storm system will spread light mixed precipitation into the Finger Lakes for this afternoon, evening, and overnight.

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Wednesday night will have the worst travel conditions with freezing rain and drizzle falling. Still, major routes should remain in good shape.

All the storm details are still on track according to the dedicated post I made last night.

Snow will move into the Finger Lakes early this afternoon after it overcomes dry air low in the atmosphere. The radar will show the precipitation before it actually reaches the ground.

A change over to sleet and freezing rain will occur in the late afternoon and persist through the evening. Untreated surfaces will become slick.

After midnight, the precipitation should mostly come to an end with a couple lingering rain showers and areas of fog and drizzle.

Travel should not be significantly impacted, but caution should be used tonight on lesser traveled and untreated roads.

South winds will become blustery tonight, especially over higher elevations, before turning to the west behind a cold front Thursday morning. Top gusts Thursday will be between 30-40 mph.

Temperatures will peak near dawn Thursday in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees and will settle in the mid 30s for most of the day.

Looking towards the Weekend Weather

Friday and Saturday will be controlled by an area of high pressure, keeping the weather in the Finger Lakes quiet.

Partly cloudy skies will have Friday morning temperatures ranging from the mid teens to the low 20s. Those temperatures will rise into the mid 30s with an afternoon of sunshine and light winds.

Saturday will start a bit cooler with widespread teens under a deck of very thin cloud cover. Those clouds will thicken as the day goes on.

An increasing south-southeast wind will drive temperatures up with highs near 40 degrees across the Southern Tier and into the low and mid 40s further north.

Overnight temperatures will remain near 40 degrees as rain moves in. No ice or snow is expected. Showers will linger into Sunday. Rain amounts should be light enough to keep the threat for flooding low.

Temperatures will jump into the mid 50s for the late morning and early afternoon Sunday before falling back into the 30s. Strong southwest, then west winds will develop behind the cold front. The strength of the winds will need to be worked out over the coming days, but the potential for 50+ mph wind gusts exists.

The strong winds will continue throughout Monday as well, making for a long duration wind event.

Scattered flurries will be possible Sunday night through Monday with little to no accumulation.

Another weather system may impact the area towards the middle of next week. Currently, that system looks minor.

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