While there was a lot of discussion over the weekend about a possible winter storm – the odds of seeing significant snowfall in the Finger Lakes is looking lesser by the hour.
The most-significant snowfall will come to Pennsylvania and extend northward into the I-81 corridor in New York State. It will leave most of the Finger Lakes and Central New York without a major winter weather event.
That said, travel will still be dicey if commuting east between Wednesday and Thursday.
FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said Monday that the heaviest snow would be across southeastern New York. “This snow is expected to move into the region late Wednesday afternoon and evening and mostly fall overnight. By Thursday morning, the snow will be pulling out with sunshine possible for the afternoon,” he wrote in his Monday update. “Winds will remain light with this system, with top gusts at or under 20 mph through Wednesday and Thursday. A few places may manage to hit 30 degrees on Wednesday before the snow moves in with low and mid 20s during the snow Wednesday night. Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 20s and low 30s.”
In all, a dusting to few inches would be the most that the Finger Lakes would see. Especially locations along the I-90 corridor northward.
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A major nor’easter is increasingly likely to bring heavy snow and strong winds to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning on Wednesday. While significant winter storm impacts are possible here in the Finger Lakes, models predict that the heart of the storm will have a more significant strike on parts of the Interstate 95 corridor and New York City.
Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning would likely be the peak of the storm for the Finger Lakes region, but many uncertainties remain.
There is the potential for a large swath of accumulating snow all the way from the Ohio Valley through New England. The swath of heaviest snow is dependent on the exact track of the storm.
According to CBS News, the support for this system by all trustworthy computer models sets this system apart from most others. Usually there would not be this much confidence in a snowstorm four to five days ahead of time. But with all models, more or less, showing the same evolution and similar placement of the heavy snow, it is a rare occasion to provide this reliable an early warning.
As is the case with weather events of this nature, the forecast will will become more clear later Monday into Tuesday morning.
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