Snow coming, bitter cold will return for New Years Eve

The National Weather Service has upgraded expectations of forecasts for parts of the Finger Lakes this weekend. While much of the region will only see a period of light snow, lake effect snow warnings have now been issued for Wayne and Monroe counties.

The National Weather Service said on Friday that a clipper system would bring a quick, burst of general snowfall during the daytime and evening hours. That would be followed by a possibly intense band of lake effect snow, which will impact the northern portions of the region.

The challenge is another holiday weekend, which feature challenging travel conditions, as well as difficult conditions to be outdoors. New Years Eve on Sunday will feature some of the coldest temperatures the region has experienced all year, with highs only reaching the upper-single-digits.

That night, temperatures will fall to zero, or just above, which will mean anyone heading out — will have to be prepared for bitter cold.

Reduced visibility inside these lake effect snow bands will not be the only travel headache experienced this weekend in the advised area. Wind chills as low as 15 below are expected, which means road treatment will struggle to stick through the weekend.

Lake Effect Snow Warning

WHERE: Monroe & Wayne counties
WHEN: Saturday, 2 pm – Sunday, 10 am
WHAT: Heavy lake effect snow expected. Travel will be very difficult. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows.

Winter Weather Advisory

WHERE: Northern Cayuga County
WHEN: Saturday, 2 pm – Sunday, 10 am
WHAT: Lake effect snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected in the most-persistent lake snows.

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