Warm weather interrupted by some snow

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Snow, mixing with rain at times, will increase across the Finger Lakes this afternoon and linger into the evening. Generally, minor accumulations are expected. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Friday Snow Details

An area of low pressure over Western New York will bring snow, mixing with rain at times, to the Finger Lakes this afternoon and evening.

A couple showers or flurries will be possible this morning, but so too will some sunshine. Temperatures are starting mostly in the low and mid 30s with a few upper 20s across the Southern Tier.

Precipitation will increase this afternoon, starting with a band of rain/snow mix that will track west to east. This band will stall out near I-81 as new precipitation fills in from the north.

Several hours of steadier precipitation is likely during the second half of the afternoon and into the first half of the evening. Rain may mix in initially, but everything should turn over to snow by sunset.

During the daytime hours, most roads should remain wet, but clear with temperatures in the mid and upper 30s. Accumulations will be limited to grassy surfaces over higher elevations.

For the evening, temperatures will fall into the low 30s. Snow will start to stick to some roads, and any slushy spots will turn icy. Only slight travel impacts are expected, but use due caution tonight.

The greatest chance for several inches of snow falling will be over higher elevations west of Seneca Lake. Locally four or five inches is not totally out of the question. Most lower elevations should see a coating to locally two inches.

Areas east of Seneca Lake will see a coating to two inches, with the highest amounts over higher elevations.

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Weekend Warm-Up

There will be a few clouds to start Saturday off, but skies will turn sunny during the morning.

The sunshine will send temperatures into the 30s despite a persistent north wind in the morning. Winds will turn calm late in the afternoon as high pressure passes overhead. Temperatures will quickly drop well into the 20s under the calm winds and clear skies Saturday evening.

The high will then push east and south winds will develop Saturday night. By dawn Sunday, most places will be back in the upper 20s or low 30s.

Once the sun is up Sunday, temperatures will take off. With plenty of sunshine and the south winds, highs Sunday will be near or above 55 degrees for most of the region.

Monday will be even warmer, with morning lows starting in the 40s and highs approaching 60 degrees. After some morning sun, clouds will thicken late in the day and a few evening showers will be possible.

Tuesday looks rainy as the next weather system rolls through. Temperatures should still be near 50 despite the clouds and rain.

There will be a brief cool down Wednesday with highs in the 30s. A few snow showers will be possible.

Milder air comes back in late next week as another rainy weather system moves in.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 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.