First Alert Weather: 2021 promises to closeout with a whimper for winter weather

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Our Western New York weather can be best described as being “uneventful” as we close out 2021. This will make six days in a row with above normal temperatures for Rochester and although we saw a little snow last night, we continue with snowfall rates running at a significant deficit for the season. Another in a series of weak weather disturbances will cross the area later tonight and Thursday, but only limited precipitation is expected over the next 48 hours.

Tonight will bring dry conditions with mainly cloudy skies. The temperature will only drop into the mid-30s. Usually, the low temperature for this time of the year is in the lower 20s. Thursday look for gray skies with just the chance of a passing rain shower for the day. Any showers may mix with wet snowflakes south of Rochester. The high temperature will be near 40 degrees.

Friday the mild weather will continue with the temperature in the mid to upper 40s and it appears to mainly dry for New Year’s Eve. The temperature should be in the low 40s as we ring in the new year. New Year’s Day will be warm by December standards with the temperature rising into the upper 40s possibly reaching 50 degrees. But it will be a wet start to 2022 with occasional rain likely throughout the day.

The News10NBC First Alert meteorologists will be tracking a storm that will be traveling across the central and eastern Great Lakes for Saturday night into Sunday. This will be a transitional storm that will push our weather from one season to another season. It will turn sharply colder for Sunday with any lingering rain showers Sunday morning changing to snow showers. The temperature will drop from the mid-30s into the 20s and eventually into the teens Sunday night.

As we head into the early next week lake snow will be developing with squalls moving across Western New York. There is still a great deal of uncertainty as to the location and duration of any lake snow. As a result, it is premature to forecast any amounts of snow for the area.

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