New Week, New Season
As promised, cold air has built into the Finger Lakes over the weekend and will bring us our first truly wintry week.
Temperatures are starting this morning in the upper 20s and low 30s. Lake effect snow showers overnight brought a light coating of snow to many areas. A few flurries remain scattered about the region early this morning.
The lake effect will dissipate this morning, but clouds will hang tough much of the day. Sunshine will likely be limited to a few brief glimpses of the sun here and there. If the sun makes it out more, it will likely be during the afternoon.
Many areas will struggle and fail to get to 40 degrees today. Those that do will barely get beyond 40 degrees. Higher elevations will be closer to 35 degrees. Northwest winds will blow at up to 10 mph this morning but will diminish during the afternoon.
A few lake flurries will be possible tonight, mainly along and north of I-90. These should be few and far between, with no more than another light coating of accumulation.
Tuesday will be quiet and cloudy. More places will reach 40 degrees tomorrow, but many will still stick to the upper 30s. Winds will be light from the east and southeast as low pressure approaches from the southwest.
This weather system will spread snow into the area Tuesday evening. The snow should be light to moderate at first, then will taper off a bit toward the middle of the night. Precipitation should then increase further, with moderate to at times heavy precipitation for the hours around dawn.
Much of what falls late Tuesday night and early Wednesday should be snow, but there is a chance for some sleet and freezing rain to mix in over the southeastern Finger Lakes. Snow accumulations will also be somewhat elevation-dependent, though even lower elevations should see accumulations, provided precipitation stays mostly snow.
Most areas should see 1-3 inches by Wednesday morning, though some higher elevations, as well as the northeastern Finger Lakes (Syracuse area), could see as much as 4 inches. The morning commute will be slick, especially before and right around sunrise, or if freezing rain becomes prevalent.
I will continue to fine-tune the details of this event and will have updates as necessary.
Precipitation Wednesday should come to an end by mid-morning. Temperatures will rise above freezing, improving road conditions and melting the snow that does fall. Highs Wednesday afternoon will be mostly near or just above 40 degrees.
Winds will turn to the west and northwest late in the day as cooler air wraps around the low and into the Finger Lakes. Lake effect snow will organize Wednesday night to the east of the Great Lakes.
Some heavy snow will be possible in the western Southern Tier, but most of the more immediate Finger Lakes region will just see snow showers.
Snow showers and wind speeds will increase on Thursday. On and off snow should be expected with brief coatings of accumulation. Wind speeds will be 10-15 mph with gusts of 25-35 mph from the west. High temperatures will be held to the mid and upper 30s.
Winds will turn to the southwest for Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday. These will be cold southwest winds, so temperatures will retreat further, with highs in the low and mid 30s each day.
A few snow showers will be possible as the winds shift on Friday, but most of the Finger Lakes should remain dry Saturday and Sunday with some sun. However, it is important to note that the lake effect machine off Lake Erie may be cranking, so those with travel plans in and around Buffalo and far western New York may have significant snow to account for.
Winds will eventually turn to the northwest early next week, opening a window for some lake snows in the Finger Lakes off Lake Ontario. It is too early to tell if this will lead to any accumulations, but temperatures look plenty cold with highs possibly even struggling to get much beyond 30 degrees.
Temperatures may moderate somewhat late next week, with highs back toward or above 40 degrees possible.
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