Snow and sleet move in this morning

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday january 26 2021
Snow and sleet will move into the region this morning, continuing through the night. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Winter Weather Updates

Low pressure over Ohio will track northeast on a path that will take it over the Finger Lakes tonight.

Ahead of the low, a band of sleet and snow is moving through northern Pennsylvania. This will spread into the Finger Lakes this morning, a touch later than originally expected.

As the precipitation moves in, it should expand and intensify. Periods of heavy snow are likely with sleet and possibly freezing rain mixing in for southwestern areas.

finger lakes weather forecast snow map tuesday january 26 2021
This snow map is ONLY for snow through 7 PM. An additional 1-3 inches will fall Tuesday night into early Wednesday. Click to enlarge.

The initial heavy burst of precipitation should last just an hour or two, with light to moderate precipitation falling thereafter. Travel during the burst will become difficult with poor visibility and rapidly deteriorating roads.

The big question remains how far north and east the sleet will come. Areas that see sleet will see lower snow amounts. The snow map I published last night remains my forecast through the early evening hours. Northern areas should see 2-4 inches with locally up to 6 inches. Areas further south that experience sleet will accumulate just a couple inches.

Temperatures will stay in the upper 20s and low 30s into the afternoon before peaking in the low and mid 30s this evening. As the low presses eastward, a quick drop back into the 20s is expected overnight.

Snow will continue overnight and become heavier and more widespread as the temperatures drop. Snow will linger into Wednesday morning, and areas southeast of Lake Ontario could see flurries persist for much of the day tomorrow. An additional 1-3 inches is likely overnight.
finger lakes weather forecast snow map tuesday january 26 2021
This snow map is ONLY for snow through 7 PM. An additional 1-3 inches will fall Tuesday night into early Wednesday.

Shot of Cold

A series of subtle cold fronts will move through the area behind this system early Thursday and early Friday. Each front will reinforce the cold air, leading to some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter.

Wednesday will see highs in the mid 20s as the aforementioned snow showers gradually wind down. Wednesday night’s temperatures will settle into the mid and upper teens.

The first front will slide through with just a few snow showers Thursday morning. Temperatures will hold steady in the teens as northwest winds increase to 10-15 mph. Gusts around 30 mph will make it feel more like the single digits.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday january 26 2021
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Thursday night, the second front will move through with a bit more in the way of snow, aided in part by the Great Lakes. Temperatures will drop to around 10 degrees by Friday morning and will hold steady there throughout Friday.

Northwest winds will continue to be blustery and may even be a touch stronger than on Thursday. Widespread snow showers are also likely, with a couple inches of windblown fluff falling, especially across Cayuga, Cortland, and Onondaga counties.

Flurries will continue into Saturday with temperatures only managing the low teens for highs. Skies may clear Saturday night. Widespread sub-zero temperatures will be possible if they do.

Some sunshine will be possible on Sunday, giving temperatures a boost back into the 20s. Winds and clouds will increase Monday night, keeping temperatures mostly in the teens.

A weather system will track nearby on Monday, which could bring snow into the area. This system looks potent, but its track is highly uncertain at this time.

Milder weather will build in behind this system with highs above the climatological average by next weekend.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday january 26 2021This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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