Breezy start to active week

finger lakes weather forecast monday january 6 2019 snow wind cloudy cool lake effect
After a little more snow this morning, winds will kick up for the middle of the day. Our weather remains active much of the week. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

A Bit of Snow, Too

Low pressure north of the Great Lakes continues to impact our region with light snow this morning.

The snow will gradually taper off this morning with mostly dry conditions expected for the afternoon. Some sunshine should even work into the region from the southwest during the late afternoon hours.

West winds will increase this morning and peak during the early afternoon. The strongest winds will be found in the I-90 corridor and west of Seneca Lake, where gusts over 40 mph will be possible. The southeastern Finger Lakes will see gusts of 30-35 mph.

The winds will lessen this afternoon and turn slightly to the west-northwest this evening. That will allow a few lake effect flurries and brief squalls to return to the northeastern portions of the region tonight, mostly across northern Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

Temperatures will reach the mid 30s this afternoon with a few upper 30s possible in the sunniest places. Tonight, lake effect areas will stay close to 30 degrees while clear skies elsewhere send temperatures into the mid 20s.

There may be a little sun to start off Tuesday, but clouds will increase through the day. However, it will remain dry, with one low passing far to our southeast and another not yet reaching our area.

Winds will be light on Tuesday and temperatures will reach the mid and upper 30s.

A cold front will move through during the predawn hours Wednesday, resulting in bands of lake effect for the morning commute. Some of these snow bands could be briefly intense with a quick coating of slick snow and low visibility.

On and off flurries and squalls will continue on Wednesday with another round of blustery winds. Gusts over 40 mph are likely, coming from the northwest. Temperatures will peak in the low 30s early, then fall well into the 20s during the afternoon.

Significant Cold Still Lacking

By Thursday morning, temperatures should be well into the teens, even with lake effect clouds and snow showers continuing for at least part of the night. The lake effect will come to an end by Thursday morning as high pressure moves overhead.

As the high pressure moves east, our winds will turn to the southeast Thursday afternoon. With sunshine filtered by thin clouds, temperatures will start to rise. Afternoon highs will remain in the 20s for most areas, but a few low 30s will show up.

Thursday night, temperatures will continue to inch upward. Precipitation will start to move in Friday morning. Depending on the time it arrives and how much temperatures warm overnight, there could be some icy precipitation at first on Friday, especially in the Southern Tier and Central New York.

Everything will turn to rain during the day Friday. The question then becomes just how warm it will get, and how fast it will turn cold enough for wintry weather as a large storm system impacts the region through the weekend.

Overall though, there are no real indications that the overall pattern will change anytime soon, so expect more up-and-down weather with bouts of rain and warmth intermixed with a couple days of cold and snow.

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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.