Wintry weather begins to wind down

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Areas of Finger Lake effect snow will continue this morning. Thursday will be suddenly and significantly warmer. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Cold Retreats

Over the next two days, the weather will swing back towards spring as quickly as winter nosed its way back into our region, but only for a day.

A few areas of lake effect snow continue this morning with cold northwest winds still in place. Some of the Finger Lakes, especially Cayuga and Owasco, are adding their own lake effect to areas south-southeast of the lakes.

Seneca Lake, too, is likely producing lake effect snow, but because of the distance from the radar sites in Binghamton and Buffalo, it is barely showing up on radar.

This Finger Lake effect snow will add localized amounts of 1-3 inches this morning, while most of the rest of the region sees little to no accumulation. The lake effect will gradually taper off between the late morning and early afternoon.

Sunshine will increase during the second half of the day and skies should be mostly clear by the late afternoon. High temperatures will mostly be in the low 30s.

Northwest winds will gust between 25 and 30 mph for much of the day before settling down late this afternoon. Winds will be light this evening and nearly calm overnight. Clear skies will be replaced by clouds after midnight.

Temperatures will quickly drop to the 10s and low 20s this evening, then will hold steady or even rise a degree or two as the clouds move in.

A warm front will move through the area on Wednesday. Much of the day will simply be cloudy, but a few spits of precipitation will be possible. During the morning, this could be snow, sleet, or a little freezing drizzle. During the afternoon, rain is more likely.

Afternoon temperatures should make it into the low 40s, but the warm air will not stop there. Temperatures will continue to push up Wednesday night as southerly winds increase. By Thursday morning, most areas should be in the mid and upper 40s.

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

Warm and Windy, then Cooler Again

Wind gusts will exceed 30 mph over higher elevations Wednesday night and throughout the region on Thursday. These winds will be from the south.

Sunshine on Thursday will be most likely during the morning hours, though a few showers may also be scattered about the area. A better chance for rain will come during the afternoon hours. A gusty thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, either.

Temperatures may depend on how much sun comes out and how the afternoon rain evolves. Highs in the 60s should be widespread and some 70-degree readings along the Thruway corridor are not out of the question.

A cold front will make quick work of the warm air Thursday night with temperatures tumbling to the mid 30s by Friday morning. Rain and snow showers will be scattered through the area, turning over to plain rain Friday afternoon. Highs Friday will be in the mid 40s.

Snow will mix back in Friday evening and become the dominant precipitation type overnight and into early Saturday. Some sun should come out Saturday afternoon with highs again in the mid 40s. Both Friday and Saturday will have gusty winds.

A small system may bring some snow showers on Sunday, but this remains uncertain. Temperatures will remain a bit cool into early next week before slightly warmer air becomes more likely.

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

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