First Alert Weather: Dry night, but snow and mix for Saturday

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Friday was beautiful with sunshine and dry weather, but all of that is changing.

Clouds thicken overnight ahead of a wave of low pressure moving in from the Ohio Valley. This will bring a mixture of snow, sleet and rain to Western New York on Saturday.

The best chance of seeing all snow should be north of the Thruway. Snow will mix with sleet and even some rain south of the Thruway and toward the NY/PA border as warmer air moves in aloft. This will cut down on snowfall amounts there. Where precipitation remains all snow, we should see about 2-3", including the Rochester area and Monroe County. Expect a coating to an inch or two where there is more of a mix. Roads may become a little slippery in spots, but temperatures will remain right around freezing, and the snow shouldn’t be too heavy, so big issues aren’t expected.

Winter Weather Advisories are up for Wyoming, Livingston and Ontario Counties, where a little more sleet is expected. Area-wide snow/mix pulls away by evening, with a little lake enhancement overnight. Additional accumulations should again be minor, with a coating to an inch possible by Sunday morning. We’ll see any flakes ending on Sunday, with some sun returning. A fresh snowpack (for some) and a clear sky Sunday night will lead to a chilly night, with many spots dipping into the lower and mid-teens.

A quiet but colder week: The week leading up to Christmas looks fairly quiet, but on the chillier side. Highs should hold in the mid-30s much of the time, which will help to keep what little snow we get on Saturday, on the ground through the week. We’ll have a few chances for some flurries and snow showers next week, but at this point, no bigger storms that would lay down a fresh coating of white before Christmas. There is still plenty of time for this forecast to change, so stay tuned!


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