First Alert Weather: Mild, but wet weather Tuesday; late-week snow

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We enjoyed a hint of Spring on Monday, with highs into the 50s, and some spots in the Southern Tier flirting with 60.

We even had some sun to go along with it. But, that will be short-lived. We’ll keep the mild air, with another day in the 50s on Tuesday, but an area of low pressure passing to our north will bring showers into western New York during the morning, and a steadier rain by afternoon. The combination of mild air melting more snow that remains on the ground, plus about a half-inch of rain could continue to cause local creeks and streams to rise, which may lead to some localized flooding of low-lying areas. If you have a basement that is susceptible to water, you may also have some issues.

Temperatures drop back into the 30s on Wednesday with a few snow showers (little accumulation) and 20s on Thursday. Our next winter storm will impact the region on Friday, with another area of low pressure moving in. This one will pass just to our south, which should keep the majority of the precipitation in the form of snow, although we’re watching the potential for a bit of sleet or freezing rain to briefly mix in through the Southern Tier and southern Finger Lakes. A Yellow Alert is up for Friday, as we expect another plowable snow area-wide, and impacts to at least the Friday morning commute.

Saturday will be chilly but fairly quiet, with another arctic front plowing through next Sunday. This may bring a burst of snow, followed by unseasonably cold air to start the first few days of March. So, while we may have spring fever early this week, winter comes roaring back by the end of the week.


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