First Alert Weather: Local lake flakes tonight, then nice sun to start the weekend

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Our Yellow Alert has been discontinued, as the area-wide snow has ended. We’re not quite done with the snow, though.

We’ll continue to see more localized lake effect into the overnight, beginning to focus on our northern tier counties. Some spots may pick up an additional inch or two of snow, mainly north and east of Rochester, especially into northern Wayne County. Overall, this storm will come in on the lower end of our forecast range, due to some dry air that was drawn into the system, putting the breaks on the snow for a period this morning. In addition, some sleet and even freezing drizzle made it as far north as Rochester Friday morning. Still, it was another shovelable or plowable snow for our area, and another Friday snowfall to clean up from.

The good news is we’ll see quiet weather on Saturday if you want to leave the digging out for the weekend. We’ll see any lingering lake snow ending early, with plenty of sunshine returning. It’ll turn a bit breezy Saturday afternoon, with highs back up near 30. Sunday feature a powerful cold front that’ll bring a burst of snow and gusty winds. Expect little more than an inch of snow as the front moves through, but we’ll get a few hours of winds gusting 35-45 mph. Following this, temperatures will drop back into the 20s, and eventually single digits by Monday morning.

Next week looks fairly tranquil. We’ll start off chilly, with highs in the 20s on Monday, but climb back into the 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday before another weak cold front knocks us back on Thursday. At this point, we don’t have any big chills or accumulating snow in the foreseeable future as we enter into March. That being said, March can tend to bring some big changes, and sometimes big weather to western New York. So, don’t let your guard down yet!


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