Rain and snow kick off cool, unsettled first half of the week

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Snow will mix with and turn to rain for most, but not all of the Finger Lakes today. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

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A weather system to our south has already spread snow and some blustery winds into the Finger Lakes this morning.

A few areas are already warm enough to see some rain mixing in as well. Precipitation will primarily be light and spotty this morning before increasing this afternoon.

By the afternoon, rain will gradually take over. The normally colder areas, especially in the highest elevations, will hold on to the snow the longest, and thus have the best chance for seeing over an inch of accumulation.

Travel conditions should remain in good shape today with temperatures plenty warm enough to keep roads wet.

Highs today will range through the 30s with a few areas reaching 40 degrees.

Precipitation will come to an end early this evening.

» For a more comprehensive look at the fine details of today’s snow event, please read Sunday’s Snow Report.

Behind the precipitation tonight, areas of fog and drizzle will develop and linger into early Tuesday. Temperatures will remain in the low and mid 30s through the night.

Tuesday will be cloudy, but dry. A few glimpses of sunshine will be possible late in the day. High temperatures will reach the low and mid 40s.

By Wednesday morning, another weak low pressure system will draw near from the south. At this time, precipitation looks most likely for the southern half of the region. Most of this will fall as rain, but some areas of snow are also possible.

Showers will taper off in the afternoon with highs ranging from near 40 in the Southern Tier to the mid 40s near Lake Ontario.

Milder to End the Week

Yet another weak low will approach for late Thursday. This time, the low will track to our northwest, allowing some warmer air into the region. Temperatures will top out in the mid and upper 50s.

Skies through the first half of Thursday should be a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds will increase for the second half of the day, and a few rain showers may arrive before sunset.

Friday will have some sun filtered by thin clouds. The clouds should become thicker as the day goes on.

Highs Friday will reach the low and mid 50s.

Another shot of rain will move in Friday night and liger through Saturday. Most of the rain Saturday will be spotty and light.

A heavier batch of rain moves in Saturday night along a cold front. After highs around 50 on Saturday, Sunday will be in the 40s.

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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 three 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.

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    john bruzdzinski
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    It has been snowing steadily in Syracuse for several hours now. About 4 inches thus far. Worst part is that it is sticking on the roads… which are not in great shape right now.

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