Light snow lingers throughout Monday

finger lakes weather forecast monday janaury 27 2020 lake effect snow
Areas of light lake effect snow will fall throughout Monday and Tuesday with minimal accumulations. [Photo by Susan Barnett]

Snowy Pattern

Light snow will fall across portions of the Finger Lakes throughout Monday as cool northwest winds produce a spray of lake effect.

Aiding the lake effect early this morning is a small disturbance in the atmosphere. This disturbance has resulted in a burst of heavier snow that is departing the area.

The lake effect will decrease in intensity this morning, but will continue through the afternoon, evening, and overnight hours.

Most areas will see little if any additional accumulation during the daytime hours today with a localized inch or so overnight. Some higher elevations, especially between Syracuse and Cortland, could see an inch or two during the day today and again overnight.

Temperatures are starting today in the low 30s and upper 20s. Only a slight rise is expected, with most areas topping out in the mid 30s. Higher elevations will stick in the low 30s.

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The spray of lake effect will continue into Tuesday. Tomorrow’s snow should remain lighter than the snow this morning.

Temperatures on Tuesday should stay near or below the freezing mark. This will help snow stick a bit better than today, with another fluffy inch or so falling throughout the day.

The snow will gradually weaken Tuesday night and should disappear completely early Wednesday morning.

Quieter Second Half of the Week

High pressure will build in from the north for Wednesday. Skies will become increasingly sunny. Temperatures will range from the mid 20s in higher elevations to a few low 30s.

Clear skies underneath the Canadian high pressure will allow temperatures to drop Wednesday night. Some typically colder areas in Central New York could drop below zero with widespread single digits and teens elsewhere.

Some thin clouds will pass through on Thursday. Temperatures will rebound from the cold start to reach highs around 30.

High pressure should keep a weak coastal weather system at bay on Friday, though a little light snow on the fringe is not out of the question. High temperatures on Friday should reach the mid 30s.

The weekend weather looks a bit unsettled but the details are uncertain. At this time, it does not look like the weekend weather will be too meaningful, but the pattern should be monitored.

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