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WINTER RETURNS: Lake effect snow, gusty winds prompt advisories for Finger Lakes and Central New York

Winter is making a temporary return to the Finger Lakes and Central New York over the next 48 hours. Cold temperatures and accumulating snow will make it feel like late-winter, instead of early-spring.

The National Weather Service has activated a Winter Weather Advisory for a large portion of the region – including Cayuga, Ontario, Onondaga, Seneca, Wayne, and Monroe counties.

According to The Storm Trackers Team, accumulation will be highly localized.

Latest Storm Trackers Team
By Bill Boggess, Forecaster

Falling temperatures, gusty northwesterly winds, and organized bands of lake effect snow are expected overnight. The disorganized scattered snow showers of today are expected to become more organized tonight as we lose the heating of the March sun. Current high resolution models are showing winds becoming more northwesterly bringing in a possible connection to Georgian Bay. This increases the likelihood of more persistent bands of lake effect snow impacting the region.. Temperatures are expected to fall into the low teens overnight which will also increase the possibility of accumulating snow. While we are not expecting a significant lake effect snow event, we could see 2-4 inches of snow overnight in the most persistent lake effect snow bands. Given all of the above factors, an Awareness Alert for Hazardous Travel has been issued for the entire area from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 a.m. Monday. Slippery conditions are likely overnight as roads may become snow covered. Gusty northwesterly winds which may gust to 30 mph at times overnight will reduce visibility in blowing snow, especially in the open areas. All of this may have some impact on the morning commute so plan on a little extra time to reach your destination. All of this is definitely manageable and not at all unusual for March. Conditions improve somewhat Monday with just scattered snow showers.

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