Only minor snow expected in the Finger Lakes this weekend

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Periods of light snow are likely late Saturday and late Sunday, but accumulations will be minimal. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Two Rounds of Light Snow

The Finger Lakes will have a snowy weekend, but it will not amount to much accumulation.

The first of two rounds of snow is pushing east across the Great Lakes this morning and should arrive in the Finger Lakes by the midday or early afternoon hours.

Periods of snow will continue into the evening hours. Most of the snow should be light, but a few steadier bouts of snow will be possible.

Temperatures during the afternoon will be near or above freezing which will help keep accumulations down and roads clear. Evening temperatures will slip into the upper 20s allowing for some minor accumulations.

Snow amounts by the time the snow ends overnight will be around an inch.

Second will be a much talked about and prematurely hyped storm system that will only brush our region.

This system is in two pieces this morning, with one piece coming onshore in California and a second piece over the central Plains.

A few days ago, the models merged these two systems into a strong low developing over Texas and tracking northeast. Now, however, that merger seems unlikely, resulting in a weaker low further south and east.

Instead of organizing over Texas, the low will not really get itself together until it is over Alabama or Georgia.

The Finger Lakes will end up on just the fringe of the system as it turns north along the East Coast. Snow will move in during the late afternoon and continue steadily, but lightly in the evening. Steady snow will taper to flurries after midnight.

Snow accumulations from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning should be on the order of 1-3 inches, with the greatest amounts coming over the higher terrain of the Southern Tier and Central New York. Travel impacts should be minimal.

Next week will be cold with some periods of lake effect snow possible. Temperatures will spend much of the week near or below 20 degrees for highs with single digits and subzero temperatures for lows. Temperatures should moderate by next weekend.

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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.