Cold first week of March

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A cold week is ahead for the Finger Lakes but with only limited amounts of snow for most areas. [Photo by Deborah Grover]

Temperatures Below Normal

The strong storm system that moved across the United States on Sunday, brushing the Finger Lakes with a little snow, has ushered in a cold air mass.

Temperatures are starting the week around 20 degrees this morning. Snow directly from the storm has ended, but some lake enhanced snow showers remain in the moist air rotating around the backside of the low.

Additional snow this morning should be less than an inch.

The snow will taper off late this morning into the early afternoon as winds turn from the northwest to the west-southwest.

A few additional snow showers and perhaps a heavier burst will be possible as some lake effect off Lake Erie briefly flares up. This will be most likely between Buffalo and Rochester with a few flurries elsewhere.

Temperatures will not rise much today, spending most of the time near or just above 20 degrees. Wind gusts of 20-30 mph will make it feel like the teens.

Cold air will remain in place through the week. Temperatures on Tuesday will again reside in the low 20s. Wednesday will only reach the mid teens with highs near 20 degrees on Thursday.

Each day will have morning lows in the low to mid single digits with isolated pockets dropping below zero, especially on Thursday morning.

For comparison, the normal high temperature for early March is in the mid to upper 30s with morning lows around 20 degrees.

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Cold temperatures will last through Thursday, after which temperatures will return to normal. Click to enlarge.

Snow Chances This Week

With all the cold air in place, lake effect snow will be a constant presence throughout the week, but mostly for areas outside of the majority of the Finger Lakes.

Still, a weak system will swing through the region on Tuesday with some widespread snow showers. These will be most likely in the afternoon and evening. A few heavier bursts may also be possible, but accumulations should remain at or under one inch.

Winds behind this system will be from the northwest, so lake effect snow off Lake Ontario will move south into the northeaster corner of the Finger Lakes. The best chances for accumulations will be across Wayne, northern Cayuga, and Onondaga counties.

Several inches of accumulation are likely in those areas depending on where the heaviest bands set up and how long they remain in one place.

The snow should then lift north and out of the region once again for Thursday before ending on Friday as temperatures moderate.

Temperatures should remain near normal for most of next week.

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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.

  1. Langburn

    We just had one of those “inch an hour” zero-visibility “snow showers” in Aurora, from about 8 to 9 am. It is probably worse up the hills surrounding the village. Just a heads up re driving conditions.