A manageable, but fairly significant area wide snowfall is in store for Rochester, Western New York, and most of the Finger Lakes today and tonight. The timing of this snow will impact your afternoon and evening drive.
A fast moving area of Low pressure, i.e. a “clipper”, will race east and southeast from the upper Great Lakes and into Western New York today. Snow will break out well out in advance of the actual system by Wednesday morning. Initially the snow will be very light but will grow a bit steadier as the morning wears on. Don’t be shocked to see a brief period of moderate snow into the afternoon and evening which could make some travel tricky for the afternoon and evening drive.
This should be a very manageable snowfall as long as one stays ahead of it, as it will be spread out over the course of many hours. Snowfall totals will be on the order of 4 to 6 inches in Rochester with locally higher tallies into the Bristol Hills and Wyoming County. The ingredients in the atmosphere are there to really “capitalize” on the available moisture this system will bring allowing for this snowfall to be fairly “fluffy”, especially from the Thruway north.
The steadiest and heaviest snow will fall in time for the afternoon and evening drive. Allow extra time to get to your destination this afternoon and evening, as times the snow will be falling at 1″ per hour.