Weather forecast: Nuisance flurries remain as more bitter cold settles in through the weekend


Detailed forecast for Rochester, the Lakeshore & Finger Lakes

Arctic air flowing over the warm waters of Lake Ontario will continue to support nuisance lake flurries through the overnight and into Saturday morning. Most of the snow should be on the lighter side from this point forward, only adding up to an additional coating or half inch at this point. Outside the lingering bands there will be quiet and mostly cloudy skies.

The story then turns to the harsh cold this weekend. Temperatures will drop from the teens into the single digits by Friday night. Wind chills will range from -10 to -20 at times south of the thruway warranting wind chill advisories through Saturday morning.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the Finger Lakes Saturday morning as wind chills will hover around 10 below zero. Some areas that may be a bit windier could near 20 below zero. 

The cold will hold on Saturday as temperatures remain in the single digits for most of the day. During this time we will watch a massive and powerful nor’easter move through the Atlantic and bring heavy snow, wind, and blizzard conditions along the coastline of New Jersey, New York, and through New England. Boston will get well over a foot of snow and there will be a significant storm surge with outages possible as strong winds may knock down trees and power lines. We will be too far west for any significant outside of some lake-effect snow showers Saturday night into Sunday.

A weak area of low pressure slides to our south on Sunday and could bring a few flakes, but it will be quiet for the most part as it gets quickly replaced by high pressure. Afternoon temperatures climb just a bit, topping out in the 20s. Monday should be the beneficiary of some dry air and climbing temperatures, into the upper 20s with some sun.  

The next impactful storm system climbing down from Canada should arrive by Wednesday next week. The current path of this storm will slice through the region allowing a brief nudge of milder air causing us to break freezing for the first time since January 19th. Precipitation type and duration will depend on how the path of this system evolves, but it looks likely we could see brief rain showers followed by an icier mix turning to snow showers as colder air moves in behind it. More details to come as we enter the first few days of February.

~News 8 Weather Team

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