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First true taste of winter coming Saturday night

While many of us will soon be preparing for guests for Thanksgiving, a different sort of guest will be coming this weekend: Old Main Winter. And he may not be leaving for a while.A series of cold fronts will usher in his arrival, the first of which will come through this evening. Rain showers will move from west to east across the Finger Lakes towards sunset, eventually changing over to a few flurries overnight. A few areas may see a coating of snow, but nothing more.Saturday will be decent in the morning and early afternoon, but then an arctic cold front will blast through the region. Temperatures will fall from the 30s into the 20s by dinner time, with lows Saturday night in the teens. Gusty winds will make it feel closer to 0º by Sunday morning.At this time of year, we cannot have that kind of cold without talking about lake effect snow as well. Winds blowing northwest across the Great Lakes, producing some areas of heavy lake effect snow. The highest snow totals are likely to be southeast of Lake Erie, followed by the hills south of Syracuse Cayuga and Cortland counties. Look for a detailed snow accumulation map at the FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center tomorrow morning.Lake effect flurries and squalls will continue on Sunday before gradually tapering off. High temperatures will be frigid, with low and mid 20s at most. Looking long-range, I see nothing that does not convince me that winter just may be here to stay.– FL1 Staff Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

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