A northerly flow of cool air coming over Lake Ontario is producing a spray of snow showers across the Finger Lakes region this morning.
These snow showers will stick with us for most of the day today, though they may not always be as widespread as they are early this morning.
While flurries and snow showers will be possible anywhere in the region at any time today, a band of snow will try to organize over the western half of the region this morning. This area of snow will stretch roughly from Rochester to Corning, with lighter on and off snow elsewhere.
During the afternoon, this area will slowly start moving eastward and should primarily be near and to the east of Cayuga Lake by the early evening hours.
Locally, an additional inch or two will accumulate. Most areas will see near or under an inch, though.
Temperatures today will mainly be in the low 30s. A few of normally warmer areas may reach the mid 30s, while some higher elevations may not reach 30 degrees. Tonight, temperatures will settle mainly in the mid 20s overnight.
Winds will turn to the southwest overnight ahead of a small disturbance that will arrive by dawn Thursday. This will act as a warm front and will change our weather pattern. First, though, an area of widespread snow will move through the area during the morning.
The snow will fall steadily at times, but accumulations will likely stick around or under an inch.
Temperatures will rise into the mid and upper 30s Thursday afternoon. A few flurries, showers, or spits of drizzle will stick around into the afternoon but will eventually end.
Calendar Sales Winding Down!
While I do not have a firm cutoff date for orders yet, the 2024 Calendar and Almanac will only be available for a little while longer! I will likely stop selling the calendar sometime between December 15-20th to ensure orders are delivered for Christmas… and to ensure I have time to prepare for the holidays myself!
This year’s calendar is wowing people with its beauty and the improved paper and printing quality. Thanks to my local printer, the FLP Group in Auburn, this year’s calendar is a top-notch, super high quality product that rivals any other wall calendar you can purchase. With its full 12 inch by 12 inch size, local focus on the Finger Lakes through stunning photography, and wide range of statistics, records, and past weather events for our area, there is no other calendar quite like it available.
This calendar is sure to give you a year’s worth of enjoyment and functionality, while also supporting my work for 2024.
Act quickly to get your calendar before time runs out. This also makes a wonderful gift, so order an extra or two for a unique, local touch to the holidays.
Warmer Through the Weekend
The weather will turn quiet for a couple of days before potentially becoming impactful Sunday into Monday.
Friday should even have a decent amount of sunshine, though there will be clouds mixing in as well. South winds will push temperatures up with highs in the mid 40s.
Saturday will be even warmer with highs breaking into the low 50s in many areas. There may still be some sunshine, but it will primarily be filtered through some thin overcast. Clouds will probably become thicker as the day goes on.
The main focus for the mid-range forecast is Sunday into Monday as a strong weather system moves through the area.
There is still a large degree of uncertainty with this system’s track and strength. This, in turn, impacts our forecast in two main, impactful ways: wind speeds, and rain turning to snow.
A stronger, more western low pressure will lead to more wind, but little if any snow in our area. On the flip side, a slightly weaker, more eastern low will keep wind speeds in check, but would likely result in rain turning to snow Sunday night with accumulations by Monday morning.
There will also be a chance for heavy rain, with precipitation amounts over an inch likely, and potentially over two inches in some areas.
There is still a lot of lead up time to this event, so it is simply too early to pinpoint the impacts on our region. But, one way or another, there will likely be some sort of meaningful weather on Sunday, starting with rain.
Behind this system, temperatures will cool back to the 30s or perhaps low 40s. Some lake effect snow showers are likely Monday, but Tuesday is currently looking sunny. Mainly quiet weather is expected next week.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.