First Alert Forecast: A break from harsh winter weather this week

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It’s been a cold and snowy start to 2022, but we’ll catch a break, and be able to catch our breath from the big winter weather this week.

We’ll see a handful of Alberta Clippers zipping across the Great Lakes this week, each one bringing a brief surge of milder air, some rain/snow showers, followed by a quick punch of chillier air. The first will arrive on Tuesday. Temperatures will fall back toward freezing for highs, with nothing more than a few snow showers overhead, but little to no accumulation.

Our next clipper arrives late Wednesday into Thursday, with increasing clouds Wednesday, followed by some snow showers on Thursday as another round of chillier air works in. Again, expect little to no accumulation. Our third, and slightly more impressive clipper arrives on Friday, with a little more moisture. That means we’ll see a better chance of rain/snow showers, followed by a stronger punch of colder air.

This takes us into the weekend with highs falling through the 30s into the 20s on Saturday, along with some lake effect snow. Accumulations won’t be impressive, but we’ll likely see some minor accumulating lake snow Saturday into early Sunday. The shot of colder will be stronger with this last clipper, dropping lows into the single digits by Sunday and Monday mornings.

Overall, we’ll see our snowpack slowly going down over the next week, with little new snow to replenish it. Temperatures will also hold slightly above average, despite brief shots of cold. So, winter certainly hangs on, but not with the ferocity of the first 5 weeks of the year.


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