First Alert Weather: Springing back into winter this weekend

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ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — Say so long to the mild and dry air we had around on Thursday. It won’t happen overnight, but our weather will be turning cooler and taking a turn back toward winter by the weekend.

Highs on Friday and Saturday will top out in the mid-40s, which is actually closer to "normal" for this time of March. Rain showers redeveloping tonight will mostly be gone by morning, with nothing more than an isolated shower and a few lake-enhanced showers developing late.

A stronger cold front will blow through on Saturday, which will drop our temperatures quickly back into the 30s, with some lake-enhanced snow developing Saturday evening and night. We may see a coating to an inch of snow on the ground by Sunday morning. Snow showers and a few lake squalls will continue off and on Sunday, but the cold and wind will be the bigger story. We’ll be lucky if we reach freezing Sunday, and a brisk wind will make it feel more like the teens much of the day. Any snow will be difficult to measure, as it blows around. But most areas should expect less than 1" on Sunday. Slightly higher amounts are likely in the western Southern Tier and parts of Wayne County with a little boost from the lakes.

The coldest air will be overhead Sunday night into Monday, with lows Monday morning in the teens, and only topping out in the upper 20s. Some lake flurries will persist but should be light and tapering, so little additional accumulation is expected. In all, it may be enough to brush your cars off and leave some icy spots on driveways and sidewalks.

Our next weather maker may move in by next Wednesday. At this point, it is a mixed event, with a brief icy mix possible in the morning, followed by some rain showers as temperatures rise into the 40s. Overall, the next week or two will show no signs of any sustained spring-like weather in our area.


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