First Alert Weather: Temps take a tumble Thursday, and the lake flakes fly again

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — If you’ve been enjoying the milder air Wednesday, soak up the last few hours of it tonight. It’ll be a very mild night for November standards, with temperatures likely not dropping out of the mid-50s.

That will also be our high-temperature Thursday morning, before a cold front cuts through the area. This will drop our temperatures quickly from the 50s in the morning into the upper 30s by late evening. Rain showers will arrive with the front, with the wettest part of the day being the morning, and drying out during the afternoon. It’ll turn chilly enough to get another round of lake effect snow going, but this will primarily be east of the lakes, meaning the western Southern Tier and Tug Hill. A minor accumulation may fall in the southern Finger Lakes and Letchworth State Park Friday morning. Friday will be much cooler, with highs in the lower 40s and a gusty wind making it feel even chillier. Some gusts may reach 30-35 mph.

The weekend: Saturday still looks great with some sun and dry weather, and highs in the low to mid-40s after starting off in the 20s. Sunday will feature more clouds, slightly milder air and a few showers developing later in the afternoon and evening.

This is the same system that may have some impact on pre-Thanksgiving travel early next week. At this point, it doesn’t appear like a major storm, but as is common in November in the Great Lakes, lake effect may have a bigger impact. The details: rain changes over to snow on Monday, with a minor slushy accumulation late Monday. It’ll turn windier and chillier on Tuesday, with lake effect snow and perhaps some squalls developing. This will impact travel along the Thruway from Erie to Syracuse on Tuesday, then taper off on Wednesday.

Thanksgiving Day itself looks fairly quiet with mainly dry weather, a good deal of clouds and a slight chill.

We’ll keep you updated on the forecast leading up to Thanksgiving Day.


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