Sunshine Tuesday ahead of light snow Wednesday-Friday

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Tuesday will be sunny and quiet before more snow, mostly light, moves in for the rest of the week. [Photo by Chey Miller]

Short Reprieve

A small bubble of high pressure is building into the Finger Lakes behind the coastal storm that brought significant snow to much of the region.

This high pressure will bring quiet and sunny weather to the area today, but an incoming cold front will make it short lived.

Temperatures this morning range from the mid 20s all the way into the upper single digits, thanks to differences in geography, topography, and cloud cover.

Any clouds lingering this morning should dissipate with mostly sunny skies for much of the day. Some thin clouds high in the atmosphere will pass through from time to time before becoming thicker around sunset.

High temperatures will be in the low to perhaps mid 30s. Temperatures will stay near 30 degrees tonight for areas west of Cayuga Lake. To the east, temperatures will slip into the 20s early this evening, but will rebound to near 30 overnight.

A first band of snow will move in after midnight and should be east of the region by sunrise Wednesday. On and off snow showers will continue through Wednesday and Wednesday night.

By Thursday, the snow should become better organized into a narrow lake effect band mainly north of Syracuse. Lighter bands will be possible further south across the Finger Lakes.

Most places will only see minor accumulations of an inch or less. A few localizes areas could see two inches, with higher amounts in the prime lake effect areas outside of the Finger Lakes.

High temperatures Wednesday will reach the mid 30s while Thursday tops out in the low 30s.

Trending Warmer

Another system will swing through the region on Friday. More snow will fall with this system, though the amounts are uncertain at this time.

This system will be a clipper system. These fast moving winter systems dive in from the northwest and can produce several inches of snow in a relatively short time. The track of the system will determine what we see and will need to be watched over the next couple days.

Saturday will be cold behind this system. Morning lows will start in the teens and single digits. Winds will turn to the south and at least partial sunshine should develop, helping temperatures rebound to near 30 degrees for the afternoon.

South winds will continue Sunday. Temperatures should break 40 degrees for most of the region, despite only limited sunshine filtering through a deck of thin overcast.

Temperatures should remain in the 40s Monday and Tuesday with periods of rain. Cooler weather will briefly return behind the rain, but warmer weather looks possible again shortly thereafter.

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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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