Saturday Late Morning Updates
Widespread snow continues this morning across most of the Finger Lakes region as a cold front slowly moves through the region.
The snow will taper off from west to east during the midday and early afternoon hours. The heaviest snow rates are already limited to the southeastern Finger Lakes and will shift further east over the next couple hours.
As the snow tapers off, winds will increase with gusts to 40 mph through the afternoon and early evening hours. These winds will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially tonight as the lake effect falls. Much of the snow that has fallen so far has contained smaller, icy snow crystals. These will still blow around, but the fluffy, large snowflakes associated with the lake effect later will really take flight in the strong winds.
Flurries and squalls from lake effect will be scattered throughout the region. Most locations will see a coating to two inches of additional snow. However, the most persistent and heaviest lake effect will fall between Syracuse and Cortland in the higher elevations of southern Onondaga, southeastern Cayuga, and northern Cortland Counties. Locally up to an additional 6″ of accumulation will be possible in this area, though it will be difficult to get an accurate measurement of this snowfall with the wind.
By Sunday morning, winds will be southwesterly and lake effect will be shifting northeast out of the area. Some sunshine should even come out for a time before new clouds move in. Snow showers are likely Sunday afternoon with little to no additional accumulation.
The snow will quickly melt away next week with most days seeing highs near or above 50 degrees.
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