Another winter storm this week? Finger Lakes should miss heavy snow

For those looking to see a warm up to those unseasonable temperatures we were getting last week — it won’t come in this week’s planning forecast.

While the week will remain narrowly chilly, with temperatures remaining in the mid- to upper-30s each day — the unsettled nature of that forecast means another chance for rain, mixed precipitation and snowfall around mid-week.

The National Weather Service in Binghamton says that the forecast will become clearer in the next 24 to 48 hours, but at this point, the mere risk of another system — similar to the one we had on Thursday and Friday — is enough to give travelers pause.

Parts of the region are still dealing with power outages, and cleanup from the storm, which brought heavy, wet snow and gusty winds. The upside to this week’s storm is that many forecasters are saying it should stay far enough off the coast to ensure that it’s not as severe for the Finger Lakes as the last one.

Here’s your forecast at a glance from FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:

– The Finger Lakes will remain locked in a pattern of cool air with temperatures expected to remain near or below normal for this week and most likely the week after.

– Temperatures for most of this week will range from the low to mid 30s, with Tuesday being the warmest day in the upper 30s.

– A storm system moving along the coast will bring another shot of precipitation to the region, but will be focused along the coast. Even the most-favorable forecasts for snowfall only call for a few inches of accumulation.

– This general pattern will remain in place through at least next week. Undoubtedly, the media will continue to have a scare-fest with such a pattern, which is prone to low pressures developing along the coast.

Read Montreuil’s full-update here, or check out the FingerLakes1.com Weather Center for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

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