Thursday Feb. 3 Quick Mid-Afternoon Update

finger lakes weather forecast thursday february 3 2022 3pm update
Quick updates on the evolution of the current winter weather event in the Finger Lakes.

Snow-Ice Updates

Now that we are in the middle of the afternoon, it is time for a quick update.

As of 3 PM, I would say that, so far, this winter weather event has been progressing as expected.

After on and off lulls through the morning, the snow has become steadier through the early afternoon. Snowfall rates have increased, and temperatures are on the decline.

finger lakes weather forecast temperature change 3 pm thursday february 3 2022
Temperatures have dropped 2-5 degrees across much of the Finger Lakes since the early afternoon.

Most of the Finger Lakes region has lost several degrees in temperature over the last three hours. The decline in temperature is likely due to a combination of the increased precipitation rates and the strengthening of the front.

The cooler temperatures have allowed the snow to begin to accumulate on the roadways. Road conditions over the next few hours will continue to depend on traffic, road treatment plans, and heavier bursts of snow.

As temperatures continue to fall and snowfall rates increase, road conditions will decline.

Sleet is showing up on the radar *estimated* precipitation types, and in several ground-truth spotter reports, in the far southeastern Finger Lakes. This will continue to be the case, with the snow-sleet line wobbling north at times.

The latest hi-res model data continues to match the observations well, increasing confidence in the forecast. Sleet is unlikely to make it further north than an approximate line from Bath to Ithaca to Cortland.

Please continue to send me your spotter reports. They are extremely helpful in analyzing how the event is unfolding, and the accuracy of the approximations the radar programs make in determining precipitation type.

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15 Responses

  1. Kelly Doolittle

    It was sleeting in the Brooktondale area this afternoon when I was visiting my daughter from about 2 – 4:00. I was unpleasantly surprised when I headed out to go home as the roads from Brooktondale to Rt 79 south of Ithaca had gotten a thick, icy coating. When I got home to Southern Cayuga County it was primarily a light snow.

  2. Pete

    It’s been purely snow on Breed Rd just north of Locke Rd in Locke/North Lansing since mid afternoon (now 8:45pm). Hard to say how many inches accumulated so far because we already had 3-6 hard packed before today. Maybe 6”?

    Seems like my grandfather’s saying “snow like meal, snow a great deal” may be holding true.

  3. Carol Shama

    20 degrees in Burdett with heavy snowfall at 8:40 pm.

  4. Susan Sarabasha

    Up here in the Newfield Hills in West Danby we started having light sleet around 2pm. We had about 2” of snow earlier in the day but it is still sleeting at 6:05pm with about an inch accumulation so far. No complaints on less accumulation.

  5. Steve

    Candor, 5:45 PM. Current temp 29 deg. Precip alternating between sleet and rain the last hour. Farm fences and gates ice covered.


    Snowing steadily in Trumansburg, only a couple of inches so far. Temperature has dropped 11 degrees in the last three hours. we’re around 28 degrees currently.

  7. Cdr an Mrs John Gregoire

    Heafy snow

  8. Sidney

    Sovocool Hill Rd…on top of the hill…it’s been snowing steadily since I arrived home around 1:30. It’s 4:15 and we have a couple of inches on the ground of powder. Snow has moved from light to moderate. The road is covered…be safe out there.

  9. CONNIE Collins

    Snow is coming down moderately fast now and accumulating quickly here in North Cohocton/Wayland area. Roads are becoming covered. Temp is now 24.

  10. Mark

    In Danby between Michigan Hollow and Curtis Roads and since a bit before 4pm snow has stopped and temp has dropped . A cold visible mist is in the air.

  11. Amy

    In Candor it is 31 and it is raining/sleeting… come on snow!

  12. Franklin A Crawford

    Since I post bout 5 mins ago snow suddenly heavier, very light wind … temp 30 possibly sinking lower Cayuga Heights

  13. Franklin A Crawford

    Cayuga Heights, just below Cayuga Hgts Road: Fine snow falling steadily for last couple hours, temp about 30, little to no wind

  14. Michael Cook

    Up here in the northern part of Enfield it’s 27 degrees and the snow is falling pretty good. Roads are covered and traffic is flowing about 10-15 mph slower than normal.

  15. Lance

    Here in Dryden village,at 3:30, very wet snow,almost rain, 30 degree