Another day of fog, flurries, and drizzle

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Trapped near-surface moisture will continue to bring fog, drizzle, and flurries to the Finger Lakes. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Similar to Monday

Very little has changed in the weather pattern since yesterday across the Finger Lakes.

Moisture remains trapped in the lowest levels of the atmosphere beneath a weak high pressure system. A weak north-northwesterly flow of cool air over the lakes is only enhancing the near-surface moisture.

This will result in another day of thick clouds throughout the region. Pockets of fog and drizzle will be possible this morning and into the afternoon. Freezing drizzle will be possible while temperatures are below 32 degrees this morning, but much of the day should be spent just above the freezing mark.

Highs will reach the mid 30s, mostly near or below 35 degrees, this afternoon. Temperatures will crawl back to the low 30s this evening with a few pockets of upper 20s possible.

As I explained yesterday, the lack of cold air in the cloud layers is preventing much in the way of snow crystal growth. Drizzle and very small pellet-like snowflakes are the result.

Later this afternoon and this evening, temperatures in the clouds will drop. While still not in the ideal range for snowflake growth, this should result in less drizzle and more flurries. Scattered snow showers will continue through the night and into early Wednesday with little to no accumulation.

The atmosphere will start to lose its moisture on Wednesday, making precipitation of any type less common. The clouds will remain in place, though. High temperatures will be a couple degrees cooler than today, with most areas in the low 30s.

This trend will continue into Thursday and Friday, with plenty of clouds likely and temperatures slowly retreating. Highs Thursday will be around 30, while Friday is mostly in the upper 20s.

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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Weekend Weather & Beyond

As we head into the weekend, the chances for some sunshine will increase. Winds will still be from the north, so complete clearing looks unlikely at this time, but there may be several periods that are sunnier than not.

With the sunshine will come a slow rise in temperatures. Highs on Saturday will return to near 30, with low 30s Sunday and mid 30s Monday. A few pockets of upper 30s may become possible toward the middle of next week, but that should be as warm as it gets.

On the flip side, if skies partially clear, overnight temperatures will become cooler. Low temperatures over the weekend will average around 20 degrees, but pockets of much colder temperatures will be possible, especially in the typically cool areas of the Southern Tier.

Our chances for precipitation next week will increase in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe, but even this chance is not overly high. The pattern should become a bit more active later next week, but time will tell if this holds.

Temperatures should remain rather consistent with highs in the 30 throughout next week and into the following weekend.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday january 5 2021This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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