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WINTER STORM: Snow moving out of the Finger Lakes and Central New York as temps drop tonight

Temperatures will drop to a low of around 11 degrees overnight with winds gusting up to 13 mph. Meanwhile, most of the measurable snow has subsided throughout the region.
Saturday will see gradual clearing during the afternoon with a high near 18.

Today cleanup began from the ‘duration’ winter storm that impacted the entire Western New York and Central New York regions. Whether you’re in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, or Central New York- heavy snow fell overnight, resulting in tough travel conditions this morning.

Now that the storm is moving out of the region, here’s a look at where we stand with warnings, alerts, travel advisories, and forecast information.


Quick Information To Start Your Day

NWS Alerts & Travel Advisories

  • A Winter Storm Warning continues for the entire region until 1 p.m.
  • Remaining new accumulation will be limited to 1-3 inches. However, gusty winds are allowing it to blow. Communities along Lake Ontario will see some additional accumulation through the day.
  • Travel advisories have been issued in several counties around the region. Use caution if you’re headed out early this morning as most secondary roads are not yet treated.


What is the Storm Trackers Team saying?

Forecaster’s Briefing – Friday AM
By Jack Mathys, Founder, Storm Trackers Team

Snow, varying in intensity continues to fall across the area this morning and road conditions are snow covered and very slippery. The main area of low pressure is slowing moving east now, but will keep some moisture over our area right into this afternoon as we see it now. So plan on mainly light to moderate snow this morning, but there could be some breaks in the action at times today also. We will keep the current alert in place through noon, but may have to issue a travel alert thereafter.

As the actual storm snow decreases later this afternoon, we then will transfer over to more of a localized lake effect snow situation later this afternoon through Saturday morning.

Our snowfall map attached here is a “total” snowfall amount from yesterday through noon today. Lake effect snows could add several morning inches in a localized fashion tonight mainly north of the NYS Thruway. As far as snowfall this morning, I would think another 1-3 inches seems reasonable. I did notice this morning that our snowflake size remained very small overnight, thus helping a little keep snowfall amounts down just a tad. Again, not a major storm event as we expected!

If you need to travel today, especially this morning, allow plenty of time to reach your designation and if you don’t have to travel, please stay off the roads, so road crews can get things cleaned up. Winds will be gusty this morning ranging from 15-25 mph, with occasional gusts to 35 mph. This will continue to produce blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility.

If you would like to share your snow totals thus far along with your location, please pass them on. I will put together a snowfall map later today.

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