First Alert Weather: One more mild day Friday, frigid air returns this weekend

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We continued to see some melting of the snow on Thursday with temperatures a few degrees above freezing, and we’ll keep that going into Friday.

In fact, temperatures will surge back into the mid-40s on Friday ahead of our next clipper, which will bring rain to western New York by the afternoon and evening. We’ll also have to deal with another windy day, with some gusts near 30. Most precipitation will hold as rain showers overnight, with temperatures remaining in the 30s overnight.

But a strong cold front early Saturday morning will drop our temperatures sharply through the rest of the day. We’ll fall into the 20s during the morning, and teens by late afternoon. A gusty wind will make it feel closer to zero later in the day. We’ll also see some lake effect snow picking up. Overall, accumulations remain small, but we could pick up another inch or two of snow Saturday into Sunday.

The big weather story this weekend will be the cold. We’ll fall into the single digits by Sunday morning, holding in the teens for the rest of the day Sunday. Then, we’ll flirt with zero Sunday night into Monday morning.

Light lake flakes will continue into Monday, with little additional accumulation. Valentine’s Day will certainly be on the colder side, with highs near 20. We’ll see a gradual moderation in temperatures through the rest of the week, with a shot of milder air by late week. This will be aided by another storm system moving through the central U.S. The track of this right now will bring rain to western New York by Thursday, changing over to some snow by Friday.

This is still early, and a shift southward in this track may bring a little more accumulating snow to the region. This is something we’ll keep track of into early next week. For now, we just have low impact weather in our forecast, so no First Alert Weather Days.


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