Late Season Winter Storm
Areas of heavy snow continue to fall over parts of the eastern Finger Lakes early this morning.
Snow accumulations being reported are highly variable and dependent on both elevation and whether a heavy snow band sat over an area. As much as a foot has been reported in southern Cortland County, ranging all the way to little to no accumulation in the northwestern Finger Lakes.
The heavy snow will continue to pivot off to the northeast and should exit the region by the mid-morning hours. On and off flurries and rain showers will continue to be present throughout the day. Once the early morning steady snow ends, additional snow accumulations are not expected.
The snow that fell was very wet and heavy. Already, power outages are being reported, especially in and around Tioga County.
Winds will increase this morning with gusts of 30-40 mph throughout the day. These winds will blow in from the west. Combined with the weight of the snow on the trees, branches will break, leading to additional power outages.
Road conditions should quickly improve as the snow ends this morning. Temperatures will climb through the 30s, snowfall rates will decrease, and even with the clouds, the strength of the mid-April sun will assist road crews.
High temperatures this afternoon will mostly be in the low 40s with higher elevations sticking to the upper 30s. Evening and overnight temperatures will mostly be in the mid 30s with a few cooler pockets, especially where a thick snow cover lies.
Rain and snow showers will linger into the evening hours and will come to an end overnight.
Wednesday will have some early morning clouds, but much of the day will be sunny. Combined with high temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s, much of the snow should melt quickly.
What does not melt on Wednesday will likely disappear on Thursday as temperatures add a few more degrees. Even higher elevations should get to at least 50 degrees, and most of the region will be in the mid 50s.
South winds will be blustery on Thursday, especially over higher elevations, which could gust over 30 mph. It will be a cloudy day with some occasional rain showers.
High pressure will build in from the west on Friday, leading to more sunshine and no precipitation. Northwest winds ahead of the high will keep temperatures from spiking, with highs again mainly in the mid 50s.
Temperatures Saturday will be a bit warmer with winds turning southerly, but with at least partial cloud cover. Highs could reach the mid 60s in the southern half of the region, with upper 50s and low 60s to the north.
The warm weather will then break through on Sunday and Monday. High temperatures should be well into the mid and upper 70s for most areas. Typically warmer areas have a decent shot at breaking into the low 80s.
But, a cold front will move through on Tuesday, sending temperatures tumbling. The chance for some additional snow will even remain as we head into the final days of the month.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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