Lake effect snows give way to sunshine and moderating temperatures

finger lakes weather forecast thursday february 20 2020 lake effect snow
Lake snows will continue for Thursday with only minor impacts. A sunny and increasingly warm weekend is ahead. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Lake Snows Taper Off

Lake effect snow will continue to have minor impacts on the Finger Lakes region today.

A healthy band of lake effect developed overnight southeast of Lake Ontario. This band has already started to move south and is through Syracuse. Removed from the lake, this band will weaken this morning as it continues south.

Scattered flurries and a few brief squalls will continue to develop and dissipate over the course of the day throughout the Finger Lakes. These snow showers may briefly reduce visibility and make untreated surfaces slick, but overall should have little impact.

Most areas should see accumulations less than an inch for the remainder of the day.

Temperatures will be cool, with highs hovering around 20 degrees. Skies will begin to clear tonight as the lake effect departs, sending temperatures down into the teens and single digits.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast thursday february 20 2020
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Abundant Sunshine

High pressure will build in for the weekend, giving us a rare winter treat of three straight days of full sunshine.

Friday and Saturday should scarcely have a cloud in the sky while Sunday will have a few thin clouds passing through.

In addition to the sun, winds will turn to the southwest. Combined, these factors will push temperatures upward.

Highs on Friday will in the low 30s with a few upper 20s in higher elevations. Saturday will jump to around 40 degrees. Sunday will be even warmer, with highs in the mid 40s.

Winds will be strongest on Saturday with gusts of 20-25 mph. Friday’s gusts should top out near 20 mph, while Sunday will only see gusts around 15 mph.

A little sunshine may extend into early Monday before clouds thicken. The rest of next week looks unsettled with light precipitation, both rain and snow.

High temperatures next week should stay in the 30s and low 40s until about Friday, when another brief shot of cold moves through the region.

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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.