Saturday Morning Update
Precipitation has spread across the Finger Lakes this morning with snow in the north and a mix of sleet, rain, and pockets of freezing rain to the south.
It can be hard to tell what is actually going on from the radar. Different visualizations of the radar use different methods to approximate precipitation type. The radar itself is not designed to determine precipitation type at a glance based on color-coding, though there are more advanced radar modes that can help.
As I write this currently, three different radar programs indicate it is snowing at my house in Groton, while a fourth is estimating ice. In reality, it appears to be just plain rain falling. It certainly is not snow.
Your reports on what you are seeing are vitally important so I can track what is actually going on.
The old adage of looking out your window to know what the weather is doing certainly rings true in circumstances like today. Pay attention to the current temperatures (above or below 32 degrees), what is currently falling, and how the roads seem in your area when making a determination on the safety of travel.
As a general rule of thumb, the further north, the longer the wintry mix will last. The higher in elevation, the greater the chance for some freezing rain. Once the precipitation turns from snow to sleet, and from sleet to rain, it is unlikely to regress backward in the progression. Localized variations will be highly likely.
Most of the region should be seeing plain rain by the afternoon, though a few higher elevations could hold onto some freezing rain. The precipitation is still expected to taper off this evening and turn back to some snow showers overnight, which will linger into Sunday morning with little to no accumulation for most areas.
Stay safe today and please keep me updated on the precipitation types and road conditions in your area!