Winter Weather Advisories Issued Again
The National Weather Service has placed most of the Finger Lakes under Winter Weather Advisories once again for the threat for minor ice.
However, the vast majority of people will have very little to no impact from this ice thanks to its brief nature and timing.
While skies are bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, a strengthening area of low pressure is tracking northeast across the mid-Mississippi Valley.
A push of warm air will lead to precipitation moving into the Finger Lakes after midnight tonight.
As this precipitation moves in, some areas may see some sleet or freezing rain mix in at the onset. The best chance for ice will be across higher elevations of the Southern Tier and into Central New York.
By the time the sun rises Sunday morning, most areas should be warm enough to see just rain falling. A few roads in the aforementioned areas may be slick.
If you happen to be traveling between 2-5 am, your chances for encountering ice will be greater, but most of us will be waking up to just wet roads.
The other aspect of this storm system will be some strong winds. Very strong winds just above the surface will move in tonight, but for many areas, will not fully make it down to the ground.
Some higher elevations and areas just northwest may see a few gusts over 50 mph after midnight with 40-50 mph gusts for the rest of the area.
The higher elevations most prone to these winds will be over southern Onondaga and Cayuga counties and in the Bristol Hills south of Canandaigua. The wind direction will be from the south-southeast.
A second batch of stronger winds will develop over Western New York Sunday afternoon. Gusts from Buffalo to Rochester could eclipse 60 mph. Winds will be lighter over the Finger Lakes between 30-40 mph from the west-southwest.
Otherwise, expect a few scattered rain showers throughout Sunday behind the initial push of precipitation in the predawn hours. Temperatures will reach the mid and upper 40s for the middle and later part of Sunday.
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