Weekend Weather Forecast
A subtle cold front has pushed through the Finger Lakes early this morning.
Dry, cool air is moving into the region behind this front. A secondary boundary will also move through later this morning, turning winds to a more northwesterly direction.
This secondary boundary will help align winds for some lake effect flurries, but overall, the snow will have a hard time overcoming the dry air.
Little to no accumulation is expected, and many areas will stay completely dry today. The best chance for a coating to perhaps an inch will be in northern Onondaga and northern Cayuga counties.
The sun may try to poke in and out of the clouds at times, especially away from Lake Ontario.
The northwest wind will increase in speed by this afternoon with gusts over the northeastern Finger Lakes around 30 mph, with gusts of 25-30 mph elsewhere.
Temperatures will not move much today as the cold air continues to pour into the region. Most areas will stay within a couple of degrees of where they are this morning. For many areas, this will mean low 30s, but a few locations will be a little warmer or a little cooler based on topography.
Wind chills, however, will be in the low 20s and upper 10s.
Tonight, there may be a small increase in lake effect snow southeast of Lake Ontario, but then winds will turn to the west, then southwest, by Saturday morning, removing all but a few stray flurries from the area.
Overnight lows will range through the 20s.
Saturday will have light southwest winds. There should be some sunshine, either with blue sky, or filtered by some thin clouds high in the atmosphere. Those clouds will thicken up later in the afternoon.
No precipitation is expected. Temperatures will be slightly warmer than today with highs in the mid and upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
Clouds will dissipate for a time overnight and into Sunday morning before thickening up again for the afternoon. A few rain showers will be possible late in the afternoon, mainly in western areas. Rain showers will spread across the region during the evening but will remain light.
Temperatures on Sunday will start in the mid and upper 20s with afternoon highs in the low and mid 40s.
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Weather Next Week
The weather system responsible for the showers Sunday night will pull away on Monday. Some limited lake effect may develop behind this system on west winds.
This should mean a scattered mix of rain and snow showers throughout Monday. None of the precipitation should be overly heavy, and snow accumulations are unlikely.
Temperatures on Monday will start in the mid 30s and reach a high around 40 degrees. The west winds may become a bit blustery, with a few gusts reaching 30 mph.
Cooler air will build in for Tuesday with morning lows in the mid 20s and afternoon highs in the mid 30s. Scattered lake effect precipitation will continue, transitioning from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario as winds turn to the northwest.
Most of what falls Tuesday will be snow and some minor accumulations cannot be ruled out, though it is too early to say much more than that.
Winds will turn to the west, then southwest on Wednesday. Lake effect will shift from coming south off Lake Ontario, to coming east off Lake Erie, and then lifting north out of the region all together.
Wednesday’s temperatures will not be much different from Tuesday’s, with lows in the lower half of the 20s and afternoon highs in the mid 30s.
A few rain and snow showers will be possible on Thursday as another weak system passes through. Some light precipitation, mostly rain, will also be possible next weekend.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.