Clouds increase ahead of weekend snow showers

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The weather will become more active this weekend with a few periods of light snow. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Weekend Forecast

Clouds have thickened across the Finger Lakes ahead of a more active weather pattern for the weekend.

The clouds are partly in response to a broad southerly flow of air over the eastern United States. The south winds will bring in some slightly milder air, but also an increase in moisture and a series of small disturbances.

Friday will remain dry and cloudy, though a few glimpses of sunshine will be possible here and there.

Temperatures are not as cold as they have been the last few mornings, and this afternoon should turn out warmer, too. All but the higher elevations should get above 35 degrees and a couple places could flirt with 40.

The first chance for snow this weekend will start this evening as scattered flurries move in from the southwest. After midnight, the snow may become steadier over the southeastern Finger Lakes. This snow should mostly end by dawn.

Snow amounts tonight should remain under an inch.

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Saturday will then repeat Friday, with a cloudy, dry day followed by another batch of evening and overnight snow.

Temperatures Saturday will be a bit cooler, with highs in the low and mid 30s.

Saturday evening’s snow will come in from the northwest. Areas along and north of I-90, and west of Seneca Lake, have the best chance at seeing a brief period of moderate snow. Behind this initial batch of snow, scattered snow showers are likely.

Again, though, accumulations should be at or below an inch.

Sunday’s weather is less certain. There will probably be at least a few snow showers around with a small chance for another steadier batch during the afternoon. There is also a chance for some rain to mix in at times with temperatures in the mid 30s.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

Monday will see a resurgence of the south wind and ample sunshine. This will push temperatures well into the 40s with a few places reaching 50 degrees.

The wind will shift again on Tuesday, though, resulting in cooler temperatures returning. High temperatures Tuesday will be closer to 40 degrees with a couple rain showers possible.

The second half of next week will be marked by a couple of weather systems moving in from the southwest.

The first system on Wednesday currently looks weaker than Friday’s. Models currently have us in the battle-ground between warm and cold, which would mean a variety of precipitation types.

Obviously, this far out, the confidence is far too low to believe that projection will necessarily hold, so the pattern will be something to watch over the coming days.

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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.