Once morning lake effect ends, quieter pattern develops

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Lake effect snow will linger this morning across the southeastern Finger Lakes while the rest of the region is partly cloudy and cold. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Still Snowing

Northwest winds continue to blow across the Finger Lakes, leading to areas of lake effect snow this morning.

Most of the snow is contained over Cortland, Tompkins, and Tioga counties this morning, though some flurries are also flying outside of these areas. A few heavier squalls remain, reducing visibility and making untreated roads slick.

Outside of the lake effect, skies are partly cloudy to mostly clear with cold temperatures. Widespread temperatures in the teens are being reported with wind chills in the single digits.

As long as the wind continues to come from the northwest, lake effect snow showers will linger across the eastern and especially southeastern Finger Lakes. The coverage and intensity of the snow should dwindle as the sun rises, but flurries will continue.

A few places could get 1-2 more inches this morning as the fluffy nature of the snow makes it accumulate quickly.

During the early afternoon, the wind should begin to shift to a more southwesterly direction. This will disrupt and end the lake effect, cutting off the connection to Lake Ontario.

This afternoon will start sunny, but clouds will work in late in the day. Temperatures will top out in the low and mid 20s.

Quiet Stretch of Weather

Temperatures this evening will initially slip a few degrees, but will then rise as south winds and cloud cover increase. By the morning, temperatures will be in the mid and upper 20s.

Thursday will remain cloudy as a small system passes by to our north. A stray flurry cannot be ruled out, especially east of Cayuga Lake. No accumulations are expected though.

High temperatures Thursday will reach the mid 30s with overnight temperatures ranging from the mid 20s to the low 30s.

Some sunshine will be possible early Friday before clouds once again thicken. A moisture-starved cold front will slide through Friday evening. A flurry or two may be possible, but most areas will not see any snow.

High temperatures Friday ahead of the front will be in the upper 30s and low 40s. Saturday, however, will once again top out in the mid and upper 20s, despite bright, sun-filled skies.

A mix of sun and clouds are expected for Sunday and Monday as a weather system skirts along the East Coast. Precipitation should stay far to the east. Temperatures both days should be in the upper 30s with a few low 40s.

The rest of next week should have similar temperatures with highs in the 30s and 40s. Precipitation chances may increase toward the middle of the week, but at this time, nothing heavy or significant is anticipated.

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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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    Connie Thomas
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    I’m glad you are back. I like your pictures and predictions.
    I haven’t been getting these posts for a number of month.
    Happy day!

    Connie Thomas

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      Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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      Hi Connie! I’ve been posting regularly and consistently…are you signed up for emails, not through WordPress, but flxweather.com/email ?