First Alert Forecast: Winter-like weekend ahead

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – Unlike last weekend where we were tracking mild air and sunshine, an unsettled weekend is ahead.

Both Saturday and Sunday will not be complete washouts, but we will generally be tracking light rain and snow showers throughout the next 36 hours before light snow moves in Sunday evening.

Today will feature mostly cloudy skies and after a few light rain showers early, a general cloudy afternoon is ahead. A mix of rain and snow showers will be possible this afternoon and the best chance for those showers will be for areas south of the Thruway. Snow accumulation today is not likely, but in the higher elevations south, we may see a dusting on the grass and colder surfaces by this evening.

A better chance for snow will come Sunday evening. An Alberta Clipper will swing in late Sunday and this will bring us a chance to see widespread light snow early Sunday evening before things dry out by the Monday morning commute. We will start off the day tomorrow under partly to mostly cloudy skies and a few lake showers trying to move in from the southwest. Generally, it is a dry start on Sunday as clouds move in throughout the day. Cloudy conditions are expected during the afternoon before rain and snow showers move in during the evening hours. Rain showers will begin to transition over the snow showers after the sun sets for the lower elevations and by 8 or 9 tomorrow night most of the area will be seeing light snow, except along the lakeshore.

Light snow will continue into midnight before it rapidly tapers after midnight and we are drier by the Monday morning commute. We will be watching out for localized areas to be near freezing early Monday which will create the chance of wet roads to become slippery. Again, the best chance for that will be in the highest elevations south.