Steady light snow continues into the early afternoon

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Cool temperatures will continue behind today’s light snow before even colder air builds in for the weekend. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Snow Moves On

A weather disturbance passing to our south has spread light snow throughout the Finger Lakes region this morning.

Embedded within the larger area of light snow are a few heavier pockets. Even these, though, are not too intense.

The snow will continue through the morning hours before departing from west to east early this afternoon. By 2 PM, most of the region should be cleared of the steady snow, though a few stray flurries may linger.

Most areas will see just an inch or two of accumulation. The best chance for amounts near three inches will be in Tioga, eastern Tompkins, Cortland, and perhaps southern Onondaga counties.

Temperatures will rise from around 20 this morning to the mid 20s this afternoon. A few areas could sneak into the upper 20s if some breaks of sunshine work their way out this afternoon.

Skies will gradually become less cloudy tonight, except for Wayne, northern Cayuga, and northern Onondaga counties where some lake effect snow showers will develop. A couple extra inches could fall from extreme northeast Wayne county to the Onondaga-Oswego county border.

Overnight lows in the lake effect areas will stick to the mid and upper teens. The rest of the region will range between the upper single digits and low teens with pockets of colder temperatures.

Wednesday will have some sunshine, but a deck of thin clouds from the south will filter the sun at times. The further south, the lower the intensity of the sunshine. Temperatures will remain cool, with highs in the low to mid 20s.

Winds both today and tomorrow will be light with speeds around or under 5 mph from a variety of directions. South winds this morning will turn to the northwest this afternoon. Tonight and Wednesday, a shift to a more westerly direction will take place before gradually coming back to the northwest tomorrow night.

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

Colder Air

A few lake effect snow showers will come south and dissipate on Thursday. Little to no accumulation is expected in the Finger Lakes.

Outside of these flurries, skies will be mixed. Sunshine is most likely in the morning, but the clouds to the south will again push northward, and this time should overtake the region. A little snow could even make it into the far southern reaches of the region late Thursday.

Temperatures will not be much different on Thursday, with highs in the low and mid 20s after starting in the single digits and low teens.

Another batch of light snow is possible on Friday. Models have been trending away from heavier snow and now show good agreement on just an inch or so falling.

Some additional light snow will be possible late Saturday. This could develop into steadier snow Saturday night into the first part of Sunday. There is a better chance for higher accumulations with this snow, since the snow will be very fluffy.

Cold air will settle in for the weekend. Highs Friday and Saturday will be in just the mid teens. Sunday may end up a touch warmer as the snow moves through, but still will only manage about 20 degrees.

Single digits will be widespread Friday and Saturday morning. A few pockets of subzero readings are not out of the question. Again, Sunday morning will be a little warmer, starting closer to 10 degrees.

High pressure will build in for early next week. A little early lake effect will be possible on Monday before skies turn clear. Clear skies will persist Monday night and into early Tuesday before clouds build in.

Morning lows Monday will be near or slightly above zero with daytime highs in the low teens. If skies do remain clear and winds remain calm Monday night, subzero temperatures will be possible. However, warmer air will start to make a run at our region, and there is a chance temperatures will not have the opportunity to get that low.

Late Tuesday into early Wednesday will need to be watched for some snow potential, but a warmer pattern should quickly take over at the same time. Most of next week should have daytime highs into the 30s with overnight lows in the 20s.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday february 9 2021This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Karen

    Drew, we always love the really wonderful photos you collect and use in your forecast posts; thank you!

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      We are very fortunate to have several very talented photographers who are eager to share their photos with all of us!