Clouds from an area of low pressure to our south are passing through the Finger Lakes this morning.
Snow from this system is well to our south and east, only making it as close as northeastern Pennsylvania. The Finger Lakes will remain dry throughout the morning.
During the midday and first half of the afternoon, clouds will break up and there should be a period of partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies.
Winds will also pick up this afternoon from the northwest with speeds near or over 10 mph and gusts of 20-30 mph.
Afternoon highs will top out in the mid and upper 30s.
A separate, small weather system will drop southeast into our area from the Upper Great Lakes late this afternoon and evening. Snow showers will be possible over the western Finger Lakes both before and after sunset, with the eastern half of the region seeing most of its activity after sunset.
Some of these snow showers may develop into brief squalls with bursts of snow and gusty winds. These squalls will reduce visibility and put a quick coating of snow on the roadways, making them a bit slick. They will be quick moving, however, so conditions should improve as quickly as they deteriorate.
Prudent caution is advised on the roads this evening, but much of the time, travel conditions will be fair to good.
Most of the widespread precipitation will move east by the mid to late evening hours, but some lingering lake effect southeast of Lake Ontario will develop. This, too, should not be long lasting, and accumulations should be limited to a couple of inches in localized pockets, mainly for areas between Cayuga Lake and around I-81.
By Wednesday morning, only a few lingering snow showers will remain, and these should dissipate before noon. Sunshine will increase Wednesday afternoon.
Northwest winds will persist at 10-15 mph through the night and most of the day Wednesday. Wind gusts will be 25-35 mph.
Overnight lows will reach the upper 10s and low 20s while afternoon highs Wednesday will be in the upper 20s and low 30s.
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Snow Showers Continue
Our next weather system will swing into the area on Thursday.
The day will start out where Wednesday left off, with some sunshine. Temperatures will again be down in the upper 10s and low 20s to start the day.
Clouds will increase in the mid to late morning with winds turning to the south. Temperatures should make it up into the mid 30s with ease, and a few pockets may sneak into the upper 30s for a time.
Snow will move in from west to east during the afternoon and evening hours. The snow generally looks light, and with temperatures above freezing, roads should remain wet through the late afternoon.
After sunset, temperatures will drop below freezing, and some snow may start to stick to the roads. Most areas should only see an inch or two through the evening, so travel will not be highly impacted.
This may not quite be the case north of I-90, particularly in the eastern half of the region. Here, lake enhancement off Lake Ontario may lead to locally higher amounts. Lake effect snows will also continue through the night while the rest of the region dries out.
Lake snows will diminish in intensity and fluctuate in position, but will maintain a consistent presence during the day Friday, Friday night, and even into Saturday. Some locally moderate snow accumulations will be possible across eastern Wayne, far northern Cayuga, and portions of Onondaga counties.
Elsewhere, only occasional flurries are expected Friday and Saturday.
Temperatures will be seasonable, with low 30s on Friday and upper 20s on Saturday. Nighttime temperatures will be in the lower half of the 20s.
Another quick, small system will pass through on Sunday with more widespread snow showers. Accumulations will remain minimal.
Next week’s weather remains rather uncertain, with a large spread of possibilities showing on the models. However, slightly warmer temperatures appear to have a bit of an edge and there could be a day or two next week near or above 40 degrees.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.