Final day of cold and lake effect before temperatures warm

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Much of Thursday will be sunny but a burst of lake effect snow will move through parts of the Finger Lakes. [Photo by Helen Heizyk, Cayuga Lake]

Watch for a snow burst

It is another clear, cold morning across the Finger Lakes with widespread single digits through the region.

Lake effect snow moved north late Wednesday and has remained out of the Finger Lakes since.

However, a very small area of low pressure is moving across Lake Ontario this morning. The northwest winds behind the low have captured the lake effect band and will drag it through the northern and eastern Finger Lakes this morning.

As this happens, a brief burst of snow will be possible that may cover roads with a coating of snow. Low visibilities will also be possible, but it should not turn into a white out situation.

Not all areas will see this snow.

Accumulations from this should be no more than an inch.

Otherwise, the sun will shine today, mixing with clouds from time to time.

Temperatures will get a bit warmer than they were yesterday but will still be well below normal. Highs will be in the low and mid 20s while normal highs are in the upper 30s.

Friday morning will again be similarly cold with widespread single digits after another mostly clear night.

Temperatures Moderate

A south wind and at least partial sunshine will help temperatures rebound at last Friday afternoon. High temperatures will get close to normal but will still fall a couple degrees short.

Look for highs in the afternoon in the mid 30s.

High pressure will pass overhead Friday night, meaning clear skies and calm winds into Saturday morning. Lows will therefore again be in the single digits, but with some low teens mixed in.

Sunshine will hold through much of Saturday as well until clouds begin to move in late in the day.

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The seven-day forecast is looking more typical for early and mid March. Click to enlarge.

Winds will remain nearly calm into the early afternoon before increasing from the east.

High temperatures will reach the upper 30s to near 40 degrees Saturday afternoon.

Winds will continue to increase Saturday night and gusts over 45 mph are likely after midnight. These winds will be from the southeast.

Temperatures will initially dip into the mid 30s with low 30s in Central New York. As precipitation moves in overnight, a little ice may fall over the I-81 Corridor with just rain for most of the Finger Lakes.

By Sunday morning, most of the precipitation should be east of the region and temperatures will rise. High temperatures should reach the mid and upper 40s for most areas with low 50s not out of the question either.

A few more rain showers will be possible as winds turn to the northwest later in the afternoon Sunday. Cooler air will work back in with highs Monday in the 30s.

Some lake effect snow showers will develop Monday night with only minor accumulations.

Temperatures will bottom out on Tuesday in the low 30s before warming back into the 40s, at least, for the remainder 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.