Saturday Snow Overview

finger lakes weather forecast graphic with storm details for Saturday, January 6 2024. All information, and more, is explained in the blog post text.
The snow overview for Saturday, January 6, 2024.

Widespread snow will become heavy at times this afternoon and evening with moderate accumulations throughout the Finger Lakes.

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Low pressure will move across the Mid-Atlantic region and into New England today and tonight. Widespread precipitation associated with the low will come in two primary waves, the first of which will be the more intense today and tonight.


The following weather alerts are active in the Finger Lakes Weather forecast area:

A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect for the following counties, listed alphabetically:
Cayuga (southern), Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for the following counties, listed alphabetically:
Allegany, Cayuga (northern), Livingston, Ontario, Wayne

Alerts are issued by the National Weather Service and are simply reported here for your convenience.


Precipitation will spread from southwest to northeast across the Finger Lakes between 12-4 PM.

Snow will quickly become steady with increasing snow rates. The most intense snow will fall in the late afternoon and early evening, when snowfall rates around or over 1 inch per hour are possible.

The snow will become lighter after midnight and may even stop for a time. Steady snow will then fall throughout Sunday morning, gradually tapering off during the afternoon.

finger lakes weather snow map saturday january 6 2024
This snow map was made live and on-camera Friday evening and will remain unchanged, as per my snow map philosophy. Click to enlarge.


A widespread, general 4-8 inches is expected throughout most of the Finger Lake region, with many areas in the higher half of this range. Localized amounts of 8-10 inches are likely across the eastern Finger Lakes. These amounts are valid through 7 AM Sunday.

An additional 1-4 inches of snow, not shown on the map, is expected during the day on Sunday.


Temperatures will be in the low 30s and upper 20s as the snow starts Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will likely drop a couple of degrees as the snow intensifies during the afternoon. After sunset, temperatures will settle in the mid and upper 20s with a warmer pockets hovering near 30 degrees. Temperatures will remain steady overnight.

Sunday morning, temperatures will slowly rise back to the low 30s. By the afternoon, most areas should be at or above freezing with some of the warmer areas pushing into the mid 30s.


The greatest travel impacts will come late Saturday afternoon into the evening and overnight. Snow covered roads are likely and travel should be postponed or avoided if possible.

Moderate travel impacts will linger into early Sunday morning with improving conditions throughout the day.


Winds will be light with maximum wind gusts of 15-20 mph from the southeast. A wind shift to the northwest late Sunday afternoon will lead to slightly strong winds with gusts to 25 mph, resulting in some minor blowing and drifting.


Medium- Localized variations in snow amounts are always expected with these types of weather systems.


  • Quick Sunday AM update POSSIBLE (Time uncertain)
  • Regular Monday morning blog post (Around 8 AM Monday)


For more information on my snow map philosophy, please see this blog post from December.
For a recording of last night’s live video session, where I created the snow map live on screen and answered questions, please see this blog post.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

  1. Roberta Moudry

    Thank you so much for your forecasting — clear, updated and not hysterical. Much appreciated!